Wilt Gets 100: Campbell and “The Big O” Discuss
Today on the Sports Bash we got a chance to catch up with the guy who called Wilt's Chamberlain's 100 point game, the great Bill Campbell.
Plus we checked in with the "Big O" Oscar Robertson to talk about this tremendous anniversary.
The Philadelphia 76ers will celebrate the outstanding achievements of the late Wilt Chamberlain on the 50th anniversary of his historic 100-point game when they host the Golden State Warriors for a nationally-televised game tonight at the Wells Fargo Center at 8:00 p.m.
All fans in attendance at tonight’s game will receive a specially mounted 2”x 2” piece of the actual court on which Wilt Chamberlain scored his NBA-record 100 points . The Sixers acquired the court from Hershey Entertainment and Sports on February 13, 2012
The game will also include a special pregame tip-off with Sixers Managing Owner Joshua Harris and Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob, (Wilt Chamberlain’s Philadelphia basketball career was with the Philadelphia 76ers and Philadelphia Warriors, which later became Golden State Warriors). Other highlights include Bill Campbell’s 4th quarter radio play-by-play call of Wilt’s 100-point game during player pre-game warm-ups, as well as a halftime ceremony during which the Sixers will honor Chamberlain’s family and individuals involved in his historic 100-point game, including Al Attles, Wilt’s former Warriors teammate; Harvey “Super Stat” Pollack, the team’s director of statistical information who wrote the famed “100” sign Chamberlain held in his historic photo; and Bill Campbell, the radio announcer for the game. Additional guests include six former teammates from Overbrook High School and members of the Wilt Chamberlain Stamp committee.
The Sixers will also display large sections of the original court in the Broad Street and 11th Street Atriums, and videos highlighting the former great will be played throughout the evening. Fans can also purchase special Wilt Chamberlain Mitchell & Ness jerseys and Adidas name and number tees at Fan Zone.
ABOUT WILT CHAMBERLAIN AND HIS 100-POINT GAME:
Chamberlain scored the record-breaking 100 points as a member of the Philadelphia Warriors against the New York Knicks. The Warriors eventually moved to San Francisco in 1962 and were later christened the Golden State Warriors in 1971. Concurrent with the Warriors move, the Syracuse Nationals moved to Pennsylvania being renamed the Philadelphia 76ers. Chamberlain made the move with the team to San Francisco but eventually returned to the City of Brotherly Love following a trade to the Sixers in 1965. The anniversary game includes both the Sixers and the Warriors, both of Wilt’s Philadelphia teams.
The historic game was played at the Hershey Sports Arena in front of a crowd of 4,124 although the number of people who claimed to witness the game in person vastly outnumbered that total as the years went on.
The 7-1 Chamberlain played all 48 minutes that night in Hershey, leading the Warriors to a 169-147 win over the Knicks. Wilt shot 36-of-63 from the floor and 28-of-32 from the foul line, which was especially impressive given that he shot only 51.1% from the line for his career.
That season, Chamberlain averaged an astounding 50.4 points per game. He played all but eight minutes and 33 seconds that season, those eight plus minutes due to a disqualification in a game resulting from technical fouls.
Chamberlain, who passed away on Oct. 12, 1999, was born in Philadelphia and attended Overbrook High School. He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978 and has the second-highest scoring average in NBA history (30.1 ppg), trailing only Michael Jordan by fractions of a point. Wilt was a four-time MVP and a two-time NBA champion.