Wilt Chamberlain, whose larger-than-life personality even exceeded his prodigious physical stature, once warned boxing legend Sonny Liston he could take over as heavyweight champion. He also boasted about sleeping with more than 20,000 women, so modesty was never one of Wilt's best traits.
Chamberlain liked to do everything big, including win. As the starting center for the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, he won an NBA-record 33 consecutive games – a streak now being challenged by the Miami Heat.
And what would Chamberlain think of the Heat – who will enter Monday's game in Orlando having won 26 in a row – making a run at the Lakers' historic mark?
"He would have cared," said Jim McMillian, a teammate of Chamberlain's and a starting forward on that '71-72 Lakers team. "He would have said they didn't deserve to win; things like the league is very watered down, they are not as good as we were and if we were to play them we would crush them.
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