For the nonbelievers, or apoligists that deny Wilt’s superiority….
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I watched the first 6 minutes of the first video. There is no denying he is one of the most athletic men to walk this earth. There is no denying he’d been great in any era because of that athleticism. There is also no denying that some of those guys in those clips would be better suited playing in the Ivy League in today’s era.
Alotta those dudes were stocking groceries in the offseason. Whole different world now. Guys at the end of the bench today woulda been starters on alotta teams back then.
If Wilt was in today’s era, his game would have spiked to another level as well. He would have been an even better conditioned athlete than he was. Comparing eras is the most absurd thing anyone can do. He was the Babe Ruth of his era and that’s all there is to it. Whether the talent was inferior is meaningless.
did you see him intimidate Shaq when they shook hands?
most of the Lakers clips are after he had his second or so serious knee injury.
Larry Brown talking about a 43 year old Wilt blocking every shot in a pickup game against Magic, Worthy and Bernard King…
On top of that, he blocked 2 consecutive KAJ skyhooks. The video does freeze-frames to show what heights Wilt attains in his blocks.
“Some of those guys” include numerous Boston Celtic HOFers, Kareem, West, Baylor, Oscar Robertson, Willis Reed. It’s not surprising that people who’ve not had the opportunity to see him in action are skeptical about his ability.
Guys, on average, in todays games are nowhere near the athlete’s the guys gave been in the past. Fouls were a lot more vicious then. Defense was way more tenacious and hard contact was far more frequent and rampant. Jerry Wedt had his nose broken nine times.
Lastly, to show you what kind of athlete Wilt was, in several seasons he averaged more than 47.0 minutes per game. Try and get your head around this one -- 1962 he averaged 48.5 minutes per game.
and never fouled out once in his professional career…
imagine if he had modern training methods…
What part of me saying hes an all time great basketball player as well as an all time athlete isnt clear? I saw the 2 blocks on Kareem, Ive seen the footage of him against other HOF players. My point IS that he wouldnt have those numbers because outside of those few HOF players and one or two good teams….he played against an inferior league overall.
Stop stop stop with the nostalgic romance of how you viewed the league as more athletic then today, thats irrational. Guys on average in todays game are nowhere near the athletes of guys in the past???? Say what??? You are right, they are twice as athletic overall today. Its like climate change its not up for debate its science with empirical evidence….not based on opinion and memory from a long time ago.
think what you want and so will i.
he would be stupidly crazily dominant RIGHT NOW.
if Magic Worthy and King couldn’t get anything on Wilt and 4 college players, the rest of the NBA would be in trouble too. true greatness is measured by itself.
Great example….a pick up game lol
He wasnt crazily dominant in the “real season” when he did play so I dont suspect it would be any different RIGHT NOW.
I judge a player’s greatness on what he does in the playoffs when strategy and competition prevails over going through the motions of the long regular season playing 50% of the weak league (80% when he played).
Wilt is the Alpha Dominant NBA player…then Shaquille…then LeBron…no one can argue that.
Great dialogue by all tonight…
well, i’d put Kobe ahead of Lebron and up there with Shaq, but it’s always hard to bet against the great bigs.
Kobe is not in the conversation as a physical specimen as those 3.
It’s not even a discussion.
Entitled to your opinion.
Don’t know why you think players were inferior in Wilt’s day. What evidence do you have of that? Wilt was not the problem with his team’s performance in the playoffs. He did his part. 22.5 pts 24.5 rebounds 47.2 mins .545 fg% career playoff stats. He played until he was 36. In his earlier years he had playoffs wherein he averaged 28.2 pts, 30.2 rebounds and 48 mins. He had an 9.0 avg assist playoff year. So, he was just as dominant in the “real season”. I guess you think West, Baylor, Sir Charles, Karl Malone, Vince Carter, Chris Webber, Allen Iverson, Melo, Kevin Durant, Patrick Ewing, Dominique Wilkins, George Gervin, TMac, Reggie Miller, Steve Nash were all subpar in the “real” season.
oh, i thought it was about domination. Lebron used to get abused by Kobe, even as a puppet…
Kobe was average physically, nothing stood out as a physical specimen..being a gym rat he’d become the most hardest worker in NBA History…
He wasn’t born with Greek God DNA. Like Wilt, like Shaquille, like LeBron
Nature vs Nurture
that’s kinda true, although all his trainers always claimed that Kobe was the strongest man in the NBA pound for pound. i agree though, he wasn’t the physical specimen that the others were.
Some people can’t seem to correlate greatness to a paradigm. The skill set, athleticism and talent from Wilt’s NBA is no less than today’s. The same way Shaq dominated Ben Wallace, Wilt would dominate Shaq.
Wilt dominated Shaq just shaking his hand….
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