“Legend” Comes Back to Philly

Wilt Chamberlain in his Philadelphia Warriors uniform

Two days ago, the Philadelphia 76ers announced that they have obtained a piece of the original court on which former Sixer and Philadelphia Warrior Wilt Chamberlain scored a record 100 points. Chamberlain scored 100 points on March 2nd, 1962 against the New York Knicks. The final score was 169-147.

The historic court was originally bought by Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, but the purpose was simply to preserve the history. Since the Sixers have bought the court, the majority will be preserved for posterity and will be used and displayed at many Philadelphia venues, including the Wells Fargo Center, the Sixers’ practice facility, and in Hershey, Pennsylvania, where the actual game took place. Some will also be donated to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

In honor to celebrate Wilt Chamberlain’s performance, on it’s 50th anniversary, the Sixers will be giving all those who attend the Sixers-Warriors game on March 2nd a piece of the actual court. The Sixers will also mention the Chamberlain family during halftime and show highlights throughout the night. Many of Chamberlain’s friends and former teammates from the 1961-62 will be invited to the game. The game includes the Warriors and Sixers, both teams he played for during his career.

Wilt Chamberlain shooting over Celtics' Bill Russell as a Sixer.

Wilt scored those aforementioned 100 points as a Philadelphia Warrior against the rival Knicks. Shortly after the epic performance, the Philadelphia Warriors moved to San Francisco in 1962 and were renamed the Golden State Warriors in 1971. During the same time, the Syracuse Nationals moved to Philadelphia to replace the Warriors and were renamed the 76ers. Although Chamberlain moved out west, he eventually came back to the City of Brotherly Love in 1965, following a trade that sent him to the 76ers.

This historic game took place in the Hershey Sports Arena in front of 4,124 people, but that number has slowly increased throughout the years.

The 7’1” Chamberlain played all 48 minutes in the game, shot 36-63 and was 24-28 from the line, which was impressive since his career percentage from the foul line was only 51%. That season, Chamberlain averaged over 50 points per game, 26 rebounds per game, and only missed 8 minutes and 33 seconds of playing time, due to technical fouls. It should go down as the most dominating single-season performance ever in the history of the game.

Chamberlain, who passed away in October of 1999, was born in Philadelphia and was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978. Wilt averaged 30.1 points per game and is second to Michael Jordan by fractions of a point. Wilt was also a four-time MVP and a two-time NBA Champion during his 14 year career.


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Author:Curran Aiyer

Studying Finance, Business Analytics, and International Business at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University with a minor in Spanish. Aspiring to change the world by driving education and the importance of staying informed. Looking to share my learnings and knowledge on behavioral economics and how that correlates with investing in yourself wisely. Originally from Philadelphia and trusting the process.

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