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Wilt Chamberlain and his insane vertical leap

Discussion in 'NBA Dish' started by _RTM_, Nov 17, 2011.

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    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0EpVZS26BUs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    And that's on a hardwood, without any advantages of today's sports medicine and in a wtf shoes
     
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    Very Nice.

    Wilt would dominate the game in this era, just the same as he did in his era.
     
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    WIlt would dominate this era simply because the centers in today's era are garbage. Dwight Howard is the best center, and Bynum is the second best. That is just sad. :eek:
     
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    We may never see another player with his raw physical gifts. Absolutely incredible. He was the same caliber of athlete as LeBron James, except instead of 6'8" he was 7'1" with a ridiculous wingspan. Nobody would be able to stop him in today's game... nobody.
     
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    psh so overrated, with those skills and those hops, he should've gotten nothing less than 40 rebounds a game ;)
     
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    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EwHP04TWOps" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
     
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    Lin would make him an All Star, easily.
     
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    I think Wilt would have made Fortson an all-star.

    "Hey midget, just throw it to me every time. You'll get 15+ assists a game!"

    ...and then Fortson proceeds to get exposed in the ASG.
     
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    i think my favorite part of that was the high-tech high jump landing system they had back then. no air-mattress like for today's softies, just a pile of straw barely off the ground. on a completely unrelated note, i'm surprised more athletes back then weren't performing at high levels into their mid-30's like today's athletes.
     
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    When I was young my father would tell a story of watching Wilt pregame. Someone on a ladder would put a quarter on top of the backboard and Wilt would cleanly snatch it off. The quarter was between his fingers, not just knocked off.
     
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    This legend seems to hop around ... David Thompson, Jackie Jackson, Earl Manigault, and I guess now, Wilt Chamberlain. :grin:
     
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    Soon Thabeet will follow. We all will share the tails of the legendary Hasheem the Dream with our grand children.
     
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    david thompson blocked jabbar's shot, and he was only 6'4".
     
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    You guys are way too nostalgic. Wilt was way ahead of his time, but he'd get smoked if you put him in a time machine and transplanted him in an NBA game today.
     
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    Yes but what if he was born in 1888 for exemple? He would have destroyed the league.
     
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    1988 I meant.
     
  18. Red.Glare

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    Overrated? He averaged 25.7 rebounds and 50.4 points one season.
     
  19. bmd

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    That is impossible to even TRY to analyze. You are trying to give him skills that he doesn't have by saying if he was born in 1988 then he would have acquired other skills that he didn't have when he played.

    Nobody could ever possibly know what he would have learned if he was born in 1988.

    You can only go by the skillset that he DID have when he played.

    People can make arguments that he is the greatest ever because of how good he was relative to his competition at the time. That is how you compare players across different time periods.

    You can also TRY to argue about how he would do if he played in today's NBA with the skills he had. How would he fare? That is speculation, but based on reality.

    However, what you are suggesting is something that is impossible to even speculate on.
     
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    He wouldn't be 6 inches taller than opposing centers if he played today.
     
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