LeBron James says Wilt Chamberlain would dominate in any era
Lakers superstar LeBron James sent out a tweet on Wednesday morning to recognize what would have been Wilt Chamberlain’s 83rd birthday.
As part of his message, James noted that Chamberlain was a “flat out monster” and a “ridiculously, freakish athlete.” The King also feels that The Big Dipper would be a dominant player in this era:
Flat out Monster and ridiculously/freakish athlete!! Would be dominant in any era point blank https://t.co/6AA7VrXBtx
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 21, 2019
Wilt Chamberlain’s name instantly conjures up thoughts of all-time greatness. The Philadelphia native went on to amass a list of achievements longer than a country mile, including two NBA championships, four NBA MVP awards, seven All-NBA First-Team selections and 13 All-Star nods. Further adding to his legend, Chamberlain’s number is retired by three different teams: the Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers.
In 1,045 games played throughout the course of his NBA career, Chamberlain racked up averages of 30.1 points on 54.0 percent shooting from the field, an amazing 22.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists. As James’ retweet notes, Chamberlain was the only center to lead the NBA in assists and he never fouled out of a game.
All in all, Chamberlain holds 72 NBA records, 68 by himself. Several of these records are viewed as unbreakable, including his incredible career average of 22.9 rebounds per game, his 50.4 points per game in a season, scoring 100 points or 55 rebounds in a single game, scoring 65 or more points 15 times and recording 50 or more points 118 times.
James actually passed Chamberlain on the NBA’s all-time scoring list in November of 2018. It seemed a fitting moment, as Wilt’s jersey was hanging from the rafters inside the STAPLES Center.
The buckets that gave LeBron James the 5th-most points all time, passing Wilt Chamberlain. pic.twitter.com/w39pwMO7oC
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 15, 2018
“One of the most dominant forces we ever had in our game along with Shaq,” James told ESPN in 2018, referring to Chamberlain. “One of the greatest Lakers ever to play the game. One-hundred-point scorer. One of the greatest scorers, rebounders to ever played this game. Multisport, [multi]dimensional type of athlete. People had never seen something like that in that era. So, just dominated in all walks of life. Not only just basketball, but just period.”
Sadly, Chamberlain died of heart failure on October 12, 1999, at his Los Angeles home. The legacy he left behind, however, will live on forever.