Today is a special day not only for basketball fans, but also for anyone who enjoys mankind's extraordinary accomplishments. March 2nd, 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game against New York, which is still the record for the most points in an NBA game. The 7'1 phenomenon ended his NBA career with two NBA titles, one finals MVP award, four regular season MVP awards, the Rookie of the Year award, and 13 NBA All-Star game appearances among multiple scoring, rebounding and assist records. Wilt the Stilt was one of the most dominant players the NBA has ever seen and his rise to basketball fame all started with the Harlem Globetrotters.
After his junior year of college Chamberlain joined the Globetrotters in 1958 and continued playing with them in subsequent years during the NBA offseason. He was part of the legendary team that played in Moscow, Russia as a gesture of goodwill. In an interview from MSG’s The Vault after his playing days were over, Wilt recalled his time with the Globetrotters was "the most pleasant days of my life” and “[the Globetrotters] were a chance to see the world…learn and meet people".
We are proud to be able to say Wilt Chamberlain was, and will forever be, part of the Harlem Globetrotter family. They say records are made to be broken. Wilt's record has lasted 50 years today, and we wouldn’t be surprised if it lasted 50 more.
-The Harlem Globetrotters