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asandhu23
03-01-2012, 04:28 AM
Dave Zinkoff -- or simply: The Zink -- was perhaps the most distinctive public address announcer in sport when, years ago, he called games in Philadelphia --especially for the city's NBA teams. Just his declaring that there were two minutes left in the quarter made you feel that never mind that quarter -- doomsday was but a 120 seconds away.

But nothing The Zink cried out was so resounding as when Wilt Chamberlain would make an emphatic slam. "Dipper dunk!" he would holler.

And so it was exactly fifty years ago on March 2 when The Zink was there in an old hockey arena in Hershey, Penn., screaming "dipper dunk" again and again as Wilt Chamberlain was on his way to scoring 100 points.

It's often difficult to measure the quality of an individual achievement in a team sport. Yes, on that March 2, 1962, Wilt's Warriors were playing the Knicks, at the time the worst team in the league, whose starting center was injured, in a meaningless game; but still and all: 100 points in any game in the NBA! In all of Division I college ball, only one guy has gone for a century and that was Frank Selvy of Furman University ... and that was in 1954 -- 58 years ago.

Yet curiously Chamberlain's accomplishment needed time to become accepted for the wonder that it is. There were maybe four thousand people in attendance, and many of those had primarily come to see members of the Baltimore Colts and Philadelphia Eagles scrimmage at basketball in the preliminary. Chamberlain averaged 50 points a game that season, and his act seemed old. Scoring 100 points didn't even merit the front-page in New York newspapers, and didn't evoke much more attention in the Philadelphia dailies. Chamberlain was often dismissed as just a "goon," as tall players were called then.

The greatest public certification you could receive in 1962 was to be invited to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show on CBS. Chamberlain was accorded that honor, but unbeknown to him, only to be made a fool of, when a dwarf named Johnny Puleo was assigned to run out and pretend to bite the giant's leg. Scoring 100 points? The audience only roared, mocking the big freak.

How ancient that game seems now: no TV, barely a photograph. The Warriors' publicity man, Harvey Pollack, scratched out the number "100" on a piece of paper, Wilt held it up in the locker room, and that primitive picture is about all we ever see from the game. I was with Chamberlain a couple of times, years later, when pandering fans would come up and tell him they saw him score the 100 ... in Madison Square Garden. Chamberlain didn't bother to call them out. "Thank you, my man," he would politely reply.

History isn't even sure how he scored the 100th point. Wilt was so strong he was afraid of hurting opponents. He really didn't slam the ball down all that much, generally preferring the dainty---- what was called his "finger roll." Some witnesses remember that he took a pass and merely laid the last basket in. Others swear it really was The Zink screaming "Dipper dunk." Imagine not knowing about the ultimate basket in basketball.

But then, it was, after all, so very long ago when the late Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in an NBA game in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Even in sport, some things get better with time.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/frank_deford/02/29/50-years-Wilt-Chamberlain-100-points/index.html#ixzz1nqqxCo2r

RIP, Wilt.

asandhu23
03-01-2012, 05:00 AM
ok good

....?

bholly
03-01-2012, 05:38 AM
You're missing the coolest bit - at the Sixers vs Warriors game on March 2 (the anniversary) the Sixers are giving everyone in attendance a 2 inch by 2 inch piece of the actual floor from the 100 point game. Best giveaway ever.

whitemamba33
03-01-2012, 10:59 AM
A 1 on 1 discussion with one of the fans in attendance that night has lead me to durastically change my opinion on this entire game.

It's obviously still an impressive display, though.

Gram
03-01-2012, 02:39 PM
Wilt Chamberlain.

spreadeagle
03-01-2012, 02:46 PM
Still remember watching Kobe's 81 live vs the Raps..dont know if anyone will beat either of those in my lifetime...Wilt holding that "100" lil white sigh is so iconic

spreadeagle
03-01-2012, 02:48 PM
You're missing the coolest bit - at the Sixers vs Warriors game on March 2 (the anniversary) the Sixers are giving everyone in attendance a 2 inch by 2 inch piece of the actual floor from the 100 point game. Best giveaway ever.

Really! thats beyond cool

lakers4sho
03-01-2012, 03:50 PM
A 1 on 1 discussion with one of the fans in attendance that night has lead me to durastically change my opinion on this entire game.

It's obviously still an impressive display, though.

Elaborate...?

spreadeagle
03-01-2012, 07:38 PM
Elaborate...? he actually dropped 42 its a myth :P

sixer04fan
03-01-2012, 07:46 PM
You're missing the coolest bit - at the Sixers vs Warriors game on March 2 (the anniversary) the Sixers are giving everyone in attendance a 2 inch by 2 inch piece of the actual floor from the 100 point game. Best giveaway ever.

I'll be there

smith&wesson
03-01-2012, 07:57 PM
has any one actually seen that game ? was it really impressive or was there like a 6'8 guy gaurding him while he did sky hook after sky hook ?

PleaseBeNice
03-01-2012, 08:01 PM
Nobody has seen it other than the people that were there

asandhu23
03-01-2012, 08:39 PM
has any one actually seen that game ? was it really impressive or was there like a 6'8 guy gaurding him while he did sky hook after sky hook ?

He was being guarded 3 - 4 guys at the same time like he was for most of his career. He was on fire. his team mates said that Knicks didn't want to be embarrassed so they tried to run out the clock.

ManningToTyree
03-01-2012, 09:00 PM
You're missing the coolest bit - at the Sixers vs Warriors game on March 2 (the anniversary) the Sixers are giving everyone in attendance a 2 inch by 2 inch piece of the actual floor from the 100 point game. Best giveaway ever.

That is awesome

spreadeagle
03-01-2012, 09:52 PM
I'll be there

sell me a floor piece! ill pay you in cold hard Canadian cash lol

theheatles
03-01-2012, 10:08 PM
wilt only dropped 80

whitemamba33
03-02-2012, 12:42 AM
Elaborate...?

lol.

asandhu23
03-02-2012, 12:48 AM
wilt only dropped 80

conspiracy!!!!!!!!!!

ThunderousDemon
03-02-2012, 12:58 AM
Kobe's 81 is more impressive considering that Wilt was towering over everyone.

llemon
03-02-2012, 01:00 AM
He was being guarded 3 - 4 guys at the same time like he was for most of his career. He was on fire. his team mates said that Knicks didn't want to be embarrassed so they tried to run out the clock.

Run out the clock? Knicks were fouling any Warrior player they could grab so Wilt couldn't score.

On the other end, Warriors were fouling any Knick player in order to stop the clock.

Jumpin' Johnny Green, at 6' 6" was guarding Wilt, and it was Wilt's night, as he it 28 of 32 from the line.

spreadeagle
03-02-2012, 01:02 AM
Kobe's 81 is more impressive considering that Wilt was towering over everyone.

How the **** at like 65 points did the coach not say im putting 3 guys on kobe all game,I dont care if we lose 130 to 75 but kobe is not dropping anymore on us,I remember that game like it was yesterday,sad day to be a Raps fan lol

asandhu23
03-02-2012, 11:05 AM
Run out the clock? Knicks were fouling any Warrior player they could grab so Wilt couldn't score.

On the other end, Warriors were fouling any Knick player in order to stop the clock.

Jumpin' Johnny Green, at 6' 6" was guarding Wilt, and it was Wilt's night, as he it 28 of 32 from the line.

I am going off how Wilt described it in his book.

asandhu23
03-02-2012, 11:06 AM
Kobe's 81 is more impressive considering that Wilt was towering over everyone.

Manute Bol, Shawn Bradley, Gheorge Muresan, Yao Ming towered over other NBA players. Did they dominate?

MagicHero3
03-02-2012, 12:43 PM
is there tape from this game online somewhere?

asandhu23
03-02-2012, 01:13 PM
is there tape from this game online somewhere?

No. The game wasn't televised.

llemon
03-02-2012, 01:32 PM
I am going off how Wilt described it in his book.

Yeah, and Wilt banged 20,000 women.

LongIslandIcedZ
03-02-2012, 03:11 PM
20,000 women, the guy must have been crawling with diseases.

KingOf215
03-02-2012, 03:20 PM
So both Philadelphia basketball teams come home tonight for the 50th year anniversary, nice.

We're gonna probably hafta wait for the 100yr anniversary to hang up another championship banner for either team though.

sixer04fan
03-02-2012, 03:55 PM
I think the giveaway is going to look something like this: http://instagr.am/p/HrBoOcN0gU/

I'm guessing the 2" x 2" floor piece will be attached to the little placard, while in the picture it's just standing up next to it. We'll see tonight.

It's small, obviously, but for a free giveaway for up to 20,000 fans, it's still pretty cool.

asandhu23
03-02-2012, 05:09 PM
Yeah, and Wilt banged 20,000 women.

do you have proof he didn't? logical fallacy :D

LOOTERX9
03-02-2012, 05:13 PM
Wilt was the ultimate ball-stopper

Lim
03-02-2012, 05:59 PM
im too lazy to look this up but kobes 81 is probably more impressive considering the pace of the game when wilt played was much higher. they played significantly more amounts of possessions back then and wilt played literally like 44 minutes per game. im sure if you adjust the pace kobes 81 is just as impressive if not more impressive. i could be way wrong though.

llemon
03-02-2012, 06:29 PM
Wilt was the ultimate ball-stopper

The guy who was the assists leader in '67-'68?

Also, in '61-'62, Wilt avgd 48.5 mpg. I believe there were 9 minutes he wasn't on the court.

pd7631
03-02-2012, 06:52 PM
Would've been really cool if they played tonight's game in Hershey Park Arena.

SportsAndrew25
03-02-2012, 08:15 PM
Greatest performance in NBA History. Bar none.