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Season of Giants: Remembering the 1961-62 season

Posted Feb 29 2012 2:13PM - Updated Mar 2 2013 11:08PM

Throughout the 2011-12 season, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of a legendary season that included Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game against the New York Knicks.

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Part I: 50 years later, 1961-62 season stands tall in NBA history
By Fran Blinebury,
The 1961-62 season stands stands out as a relic that might as well have been preserved in Jurassic amber.
> Season recap | Video 1962 All-Star Game | Video 1961-62 Finals


Part II: In '61-62, Wilt's numbers were otherworldly
By Fran Blinebury,
Somebody once said there are lies, damned lies and statistics. Then there was Wilt Chamberlain.

Part III: Wilt's season still astounds peers
By Fran Blinebury,
The teammates and rivals who played with and against Wilt Chamberlain provide the best perspective on a man who averaged 50.4 points and 25.7 rebounds during the 1961-62 season.

Part IV: Bellamy's rookie season all-but forgotten
By Fran Blinebury,
Walt Bellamy's numbers were impressive -- 20.1 ppg, 13.7 rpg, .516 FG pct over a 13-year career for a half-dozen teams. But he accomplished most of that work below the radar in 1961-62. > Video Bellamy's career

Part V: Wilt became NBA's first celebrity athlete
By Fran Blinebury,
Though never a marketing giant in his time, Wilt Chamberlain was the NBA's first celebrity athlete, an outlandishly large, supremely gifted talent who made jaws drop for what he could do on the basketball floor and turned that into a larger-than life lifestyle that made him tower over American culture

Part VI: Pollack forever a part of Chamberlain's moment
By Fran Blinebury,
Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game is best known, perhaps, by an iconic photo that can trace a good part of its roots back to a man known as the "Stats Guru."

Part VII: Hershey Park Arena lacks Wilt's presence today
By Fran Blinebury,
On the night that Wilt Chamberlain left his mushroom cloud of 100 points over the NBA, the Hershey Sports Arena was already 25-years-old-going-on-infinity and now, another half-century later, it is as if the clock has merely stopped ticking. > Video Sixers acquire historic court

Part VIII: Game ball a mysterious part of NBA history
By Fran Blinebury,
John Thompson sits down with Oscar Robertson and Bill Russell to talk
about the challenges they faced as they entered professional basketball.

Video Barrier Breaker: Wilt Chamberlain makes history
GameTime takes a look back at Wilt's 100 point game.

Part IX: 'Wilt 100' aims to peel back layers of mystery behind moment
By Fran Blinebury,
"Wilt 100", an NBA TV original film narrated by Wilt Chamberlain's chief rival and good friend Bill Russell, tells the tale of what is perhaps the greatest single-game performance in sports history.

Part X: Even today, Chamberlain's game still unbelieveable
By Fran Blinebury,
From a perch a half-century later, the 100-point game by Wilt Chamberlain remains the most dominating one-game performance ever in sports, a feat so overwhelming that many have spent the years sneering at it.

WILT 100
NBA TV presents an hour-long documentary focusing on one of the great sports accomplishments: Wilt Chamberlain scoring 100 points in a single game (which took place on March 2nd, 1962) in Hershey, Pa., against the New York Knicks.
Video Rivals, friends remember Wilt the person
Video Chamberlain's roots in West Philadelphia & early years
Video The day of Wilt's historic 100-point game
Video The second half of the 100-point game and his '61-62 season
Video Truths & myths surrounding the 100-point game

Part XI: Big O: An all-around talent like the league has never seen
By Fran Blinebury,
The Big O: That single initial was a perfect fit for a set of skills that was as well-rounded as any that ever were.

Part XII: Of all of Wilt's mind-numbing numbers, a 'zero' stands out
By Fran Blinebury,
Of all the numbers surrounding Wilt Chamberlain in his storied career, one stands out as the most mind-boggling of all.

Part XIII: Two giants: Russell, Wilt scrapped on court, laughed off it
By Fran Blinebury,
Despite sometimes fierce competition on the court, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain, two giants of their generation, became fast friends off if it.

Part XIV: '61-'62 Celtics quietly continued the building of a dynasty
By Fran Blinebury,
In a Season of Giants, the Boston Celtics spread out the dropcloths and whitewashed the fences, interested more in efficiency than effect.

Part XV: Traces of Chamberlain still remain at his old L.A. palace
By Fran Blinebury,
If these walls could talk, would they tell the story of a number -- 20,000 -- that is even more outlandish than the 100 points once scored in a single NBA game?

Part XVI: 50 years later, Wilt's mark on the NBA is unmistakable
By Fran Blinebury,
In an age of phones that think and cars that talk, it's difficult to appreciate what a singular figure Wilt Chamberlain was 50 years ago.

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