Wilt Chamberlain discusses his reasons for being so critical of the NBA and its…

Wilt Chamberlain discusses his reasons for being so critical of the NBA and its…

Although many well-known players have graced the NBA court, Wilt Chamberlain was unquestionably the first de facto superstar in the history of the sport. “Wilt the Stilt” was a dominant force in the NBA, holding numerous records that will likely never be surpassed.

Although there is no denying Chamberlain’s greatness, some fans saw the legendary center as a cranky old man who didn’t like it when younger players broke his records after he retired. But that was not what the man himself claimed.

One could argue that Chamberlain is the best scorer and rebounder to have ever played in the NBA. At the end of his career, he averaged 30.1 points and 22.9 rebounds per game, which was second only to Michael Jordan’s record and the highest in NBA history.

It’s not fun to watch some of your records fall, but that wasn’t Chamberlain’s main source of annoyance. The legendary big man claimed that the only reason he was critical of the game was that he thought some players only wanted to play in the NBA because of the increased money they were making.

According to Chamberlain, via Beyond The Game, “I’m not bitter, I’m really sad that I missed the chance to make all that money that they’re making.” “However, since I believe I played during the pinnacle of the sport, I’m not resentful. I believe that the times I played were ones in which sportsmen truly loved what they did.

 

“As a sports fan, I’m not resentful. I watch everything I can get my hands on. There are a ton of amazing athletes and real players out there that share my sentiments. However, he came to the conclusion that there are far too many people who are only concerned with themselves.

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