At that moment, 49-year-old Wilt Chamberlain was offered a contract in…

At that moment, 49-year-old Wilt Chamberlain was offered a contract in…

One of the most dominant players in NBA history, Wilt Chamberlain’s name continues to dominate the league’s record books. He was among the league’s most physically gifted players ever. Wilt won two NBA championships, was a 13-time All-Star, seven times the scoring champion, four times the league MVP, and in 1962, against the New York Knicks, he scored 100 points in a single game to set a league record.

In the NBA, Chamberlain competed from 1959 to 1973. He was a player for the Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, and Philadelphia Warriors (who would eventually change their name to the San Francisco Warriors). Because of Wilt’s immense skill as a basketball player, many people thought he could continue to compete for years after he retired. Thirteen years after his 51-year-old retirement, this belief came dangerously close to reality in 1986.

As the regular season was drawing to a close, the New Jersey Nets were battling it out for sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Due to Michael Ray Richardson’s drug-related suspension, the Nets lacked an immediate impact player. Richardson was one of their primary offensive options. Wilt Chamberlain received an offer from the Nets of $362,500 for the final seven regular season games as well as the postseason after they made an inquiry about him. In order to put that amount of money into context, the 1985–1986 NBA salary cap was $4,23,000. Even Chamberlain thought the return was feasible.

He continued by describing how he was still engaged in regular exercise and a variety of sports.

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