Wilt Chamberlain – Larger Than Life

Wilt Chamberlain – Larger Than Life

Wilt Chamberlain is, without a doubt, one of the greatest players that the NBA will ever see. He’s a literal and figurative giant in the world of basketball, and even though his stats are legendary, there are definitely some things you still didn’t know about Wilt Chamberlain. More so than most celebrities, he seems to have a multi-faceted personality and a collection of interests that seem at odds with one another.

Wilt Chamberlain NBA stories illustrate the many sides of this legendary figure. There was nothing small about Wilt Chamberlain, and these wild stories from his life are direct proof.

Wilt Slept with around 20,000 women

Perhaps the most famous Wilt Chamberlain’s legend is the story of the 7’1″ NBA superstar sleeping with something like 20,000 women. In his book, A View from Above, Chamberlain made the outrageous claim he’d slept with thousands of women, but he made sure to let the readers know that he wasn’t trying to break up any marriages: “I made a conscious effort to find out [if a woman was married]. Even as a single man, infidelity has no place in my life.”

He Broke a Player’s Toe with a Slam Dunk

Many NBA fanatics have said that the reason Chamberlain faired so well in the league was that he played during a “weak era” of the game. While that’s one of the most ridiculous (and disrespectful) things you can say about a group of players that paved the way for the modern era. Chamberlain once dunked a ball so hard that it went through the basket, hit Hall of Famer Johnny “Red” Kerr in the foot and broke his toe.

Wilt was known for picking up grown men

Apparently Chamberlain was so strong that he just liked to carry grown men around wherever he went. Pat Powers, a 1984 Olympic volleyball gold medalist, once said that while working out on the beach in the ’70s, Chamberlain picked up a guy who weighed around 240 pounds who was walking to the outdoor gym, lifted him over the railing and said, there was “no reason to walk.”

The NBA Had to Change Their Rules Thanks to Wilt

Chamberlain was such a dominating player in the NBA that rules had to be changed in order to make the game somewhat fairer for people who were playing against him. Not only did the key have to be widened to lessen Chamberlain’s effectiveness in the paint, but for a while, he was also trying a move where he would jump while doing a free throw and release the ball in a dubious manner across the foul line.

He Got a Double Triple-Double in 1968

To get a double triple-double you have to accumulate a double-digit number total in three of five statistical categories (points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocked shots) in a game.  On February 2, 1968, Chamberlain scored 22 points, 25 rebounds, and 21 assists in a 131-121 Sixer win over the Pistons.

After He Retired from the NBA He Got Really Into Volleyball

After he retired in 1974, Chamberlain became a board member of the International Volleyball Association, a pro coed volleyball league that never really got off the ground. And he wasn’t just on the board! Chamberlain joined the Seattle Smashers’ front line and played well enough to be inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame. Truly his greatest accomplishment.