Basketball: Shoot, Wilt

The Philadelphia 76ers are paying 7-ft. 1-in. Wilt Chamberlain $250,000 to play professional basketball this winter, and nobody can say that he hasn't gone all out to earn this record sum. Wilt, for instance, thought up a new basketball strategy called reductio ad absurdum. In seven seasons with the San Francisco Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers, Chamberlain averaged 39.6 points a game, and even got as high as 100 points in one game—yet his teams never won a championship. Last year, he was persuaded to shoot less and enjoy it more as a...

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