Wilt Chamberlain’s video-game-like dominance over the NBA was completely comical. As an offensive force, 7-foot-1 Chamberlain led the league in scoring during his first seven NBA seasons. Chamberlain’s multiple scoring crowns included his signature 100-point game, during which he abused the 1961-62 New York Knicks in every way possible in Hershey, Penn. That year, Chamberlain averaged 50 points and 25 rebounds per game for the regular season.
How many teams did you get right in your Final Four bracket? For the record, I have one (North Carolina). Which is why I was watching a lot more NBA on Sunday than NCAA (that and it’s my job). Here are the big takeaways from Sunday. 1) Russell Westbrook gets 36th triple-double. James Harden lifts Rockets victory. The MVP race is the same as it ever was. If you wanted to make a case for Russell Westbrook as MVP, he gave you reason on Sunday in a showdown with James Harden and the Rockets. Westbrook dropped his 36th triple-double of the season with 39 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists, and the Rockets could not stop him. Harden put up numbers — 22 points on 15 shots, plus 12 assists — but his
A statue of Shaquille O’Neal was unveiled at Staples Center Friday, and many Lakers greats showed up for the ceremony — including former nemesis Kobe Bryant. However, even while O’Neal entertained the crowd with his familiar lightheartedness, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar stole the show with some well-aimed barbs. This zinger was the showstopper: “Some people thought the odds of Kobe Bryant showing up today were the same as Shaq sinking a free throw.” Bryant and O’Neal, of course, infamously did not get along even while leading the Lakers to three straight championships between 2000 and 2002. However, they have mostly healed their relationship over time, and Bryant complimented his former teammate Friday.