One of the Greatest Basketball Players in History: Wilt Chamberlain

Wilt Chamberlain's #13 jersey is one of five retired by the Harlem Globetrotters.

After a frustrating junior season at the University of Kansas, Wilt Chamberlain decided he wanted to start playing professional basketball.  Because the NBA didn't accept players who hadn't finished their last year of studies, the most dominant college athlete joined the Harlem Globetrotters.  He was a member of the Globetrotter squad that made history playing in Moscow as part of a sold out tour of the USSR in 1959.   After his year with the Globetrotters, Wilt left for the NBA where he went on to average 30.1 points per game, 22.9 rebounds per game and 4.4 assists per game over his career.  Although he became an NBA superstar, and arguably the most dominant player in NBA history, Wilt often rejoined the Globetrotters in the NBA offseason.

After his playing days came to an end, Wilt was frequently quoted saying that his times with the Globetrotters were some of the most enjoyable of his basketball career.  Wilt posthumously received his Harlem Globetrotters "Legends" ring and had his #13 jersey retired March 9, 2000 at a special ceremony that took place at his high school in Philadelphia.

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