Sunday, January 14, 2018

Full Points and Rebounds for Every Wilt vs Russell Matchup

UPDATE: Full Points and Rebounds for Every Wilt vs Russell Matchup

They faced each other 143 times!

Wilt averaged 28 rebounds per game against Russell! On Nov 24, 1960, he out-rebounded Russell 55-19. Yeah, that's right. 55 rebounds in one game. Against arguably the greatest defensive center in history.

But the really important stat is this: Russell won 86 of the games, Wilt 57.

And you know that game where Wilt got 55 rebounds against Russell? His team lost 132-129. Wilt missed 27 shots from the floor. (He was 15 for 42, which would even cause Iverson to tell him to pass once in a while.) Coincidentally enough, Wilt also missed 27 shots the day he scored 100, but that time he was 36-for-63. Sixty three field goal attempts ... my, that's a lot of shots. At least his team won that one!

UPDATE: From the comments section I should find the guy's name. There was the game where Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points, and one teammate of his, who scored a single free throw in that game, said sometime after the game, "I'll never forget the game where Wilt and I combined to score 101 points."

Scoop's notes: That 101 story is apocryphal, or perhaps 101 wasn't the exact number. Five of Wilt's teammates scored that day. They totaled 17-16-16-11-9. Three other guys came off the bench, but scored none at all. (The team scored an unreal 169 points, and allowed 147. In regulation time! It was a different world.)

One of Wilt's teammates that day was Ed Conlin, who was one of the three who scored no points at all. I have a connection to him. He was the basketball coach at Fordham for the last two years I studied there. (He also played at Fordham in the 50s). In a way he was responsible for Fordham's greatest season, 1970-71. No, he wasn't the coach that year, but he had been in the previous year. Fordham fired him after only two years and hired the future Notre Dame legend, Digger Phelps. With essentially the same personnel, Digger took the team from 10-15 in Conlin's last year to 26-3 the very next year.

Anyway, getting back to the point, maybe Conlin, or one of the other guys who scored none, said, "It was the night Wilt and I teamed up for a hundred." That would be a good line.

6 comments:

  1. I should find the guys name. There was the game where Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points, and one teammates of his sometime after the game who scored a single free throw in that game said "I'll never forget the game where Wilt and I combined to score 101 points."

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  2. Harry Neale, the old coach of the Vancouver Canucks hockey team had some great gallows humor type quips:

    “Last season we couldn’t win at home. This season we can’t win on the road. My failure as a coach is I can’t think of any place else to play.”

    “I know my players don’t like my practices, but that’s okay because I don’t like their games.”

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  3. That 101 story is apocryphal. Or perhaps your memory is wrong on the exact number. Five of Wilt's teammates scored that day. They totaled 17-16-16-11-9. (The team scored an unreal 169 points, and allowed 147. In regulation time!)

    One of Wilt's teammates that day was Ed Conlin, who scored no points at all. He was the basketball coach at Fordham for the last two years I was there (he also played at Fordham in the 50s). In a way he was responsible for Fordham's greatest season. His coaching was so bad that Fordham fired him after only two years and hired the future Notre Dame legend, Digger Phelps, who immediately, with essentially the same personnel, took the team from 10-15 to a 26-3 season.

    Maybe Conlin said, "It was the night Wilt and I teamed up for a hundred." (Or maybe it was one of the two other guys who posted goose eggs that day.)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilt_Chamberlain%27s_100-point_game

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    1. That quote was actually from Hot Rod Hundley and referred to a big game from Elgin Baylor.

      "My biggest thrill came the night Elgin Baylor combined for 73 points at Madison Square Garden. Elgin had 71 of them."

      http://www.azquotes.com/author/24497-Rod_Hundley

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    2. "Elgin Baylor and I" it should be.

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    3. Thanks for the correction and for the information!

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