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Classic Rivalries: Wilt Chamberlain vs. Elgin Baylor

Teammates from 1968 through 1971 on the Los Angeles Lakers, Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain weren’t exactly the best of friends. The two men possessed huge similarly styled egos. Each always thought he was right all the time and never

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The 1962 NBA Finals: the Celtics – Lakers Rivalry Begins

The Eastern Division Finals had seen the most pitched confrontation yet between the Russell-Chamberlain, Celtics-Warriors rivalry. As great as those two rivalries were, there was a temporal quality. Russell and Chamberlain were mortal and although their stories would go on,

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The 1962 Eastern Division Finals: Philly vs. Boston, Wilt vs. Russell, Barstools vs. Jungle Jim

THE SETUP Oh, I’m sure everyone’s familiar with mythical aura of Wilt vs. Russell, but let’s take a crash course lesson on the Boston Celtics vs. the Philadelphia Warriors, which was one of the great rivalries of the early NBA.

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The Rise of Sam Jones and Jerry West

Jones’s special attributes as a player, [Red] Auerbach once explained, were his speed, touch, reflexes, and attitude. But there was another quality that made him a standout: dedication. “He’ll do anything you ask him,” said Auerbach. “He’s always in shape

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The Misunderstood Journey of Walt Bellamy

Walt Bellamy had one of the greatest rookie campaigns in NBA history. His 31.6 points per game remain the 2nd-highest ever for a rookie behind only Wilt Chamberlain’s 37.6 in 1960. His rookie rebounding average of 19.0 is behind only

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Oscar Robertson’s Triple-Double Season

“Looking back, I never fully realized what he was doing,” [Jack] Twyman said.”It was not called a triple-double. We just went out every night trying to win. I don’t think Oscar or anyone really worried about statistics.” – Via “Unnoticed

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Wilt Chamberlain’s 1961-62 Season, By the Numbers

Wilt Chamberlain’s 50.4 ppg and 25.7 rpg are pretty staggering to look at. But what’s even more staggering is looking at the game-by-game running tally, especially when you see the NBA cramming in 8 games in 9 days in early

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Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-Point Game

This article 1st appeared on March 2, 2012… Welcome to the 1st of several articles this month observing the 50th Anniversary of the 1961-62 season, perhaps the NBA’s most thrilling ever. Wilt Chamberlain averaged 50 points, Oscar Robertson a triple

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