Everyone who loves watching the NBA will immediately recognize Wilt Chamberlain whenever his name comes up in a discussion. He is one of the most decorated and basketball players of all time. His name is also listed in the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. This basketball legend was also an active republican and a man with a big heart doing charity work.
Wilt Chamberlain’s Personal History
His full name is Wilton Norman Chamberlain and he stands a full seven feet and one inch, which makes him one of the towering centers in the game during his career. Wilt was born on August 21, 1936 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During his entire career he was given a lot of different nicknames but he had such distaste for ones that were coined due to his towering height.
After quitting professional basketball he played in the International Volleyball Association, where he also was made inducted into the organization’s hall of fame. He also made a movie appearance in Conan the Destroyer, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. Other than that he was also a successful businessman. He is also the author of several books. Throughout his life Wilt remained a bachelor. Wilt Chamberlain died on October 12, 1999 at the age of 63 in Bel Air, California.
Even though Wilt thought the game of basketball was only meant for sissies, he eventually learned how to play the sport. He had a colorful career while playing for many different teams. He started his professional basketball career playing for the Harlem Gobetrotters from 1958 to 1959. He debuted in the NBA for the Philadelphia Warriors.
He played for the Warriors from 1959 to 1965. He played for the Philadelphia 76ers from 1965 to 1968. From 1968 to 1973, Wilt played for one of the league’s most prominent teams, the LA Lakers, from 1968 to 1973. He finally moved to the San Diego Conquistadors in 1973.
Basketball Career Highlights
Wilt Chamberlain was immediately a driving force of change as soon as he entered the NBA league. Wilt was rookie of the year in 1960. He was named the league’s MVP four times from 1960 to 1968. He was also made an NBA all star from 1960 to 1973 13 times during his entire career.
Wilt was happy to campaign for Nixon during the 1968 presidential elections. He also served as a delegate for Nixon in the Republican Convention of 1968.
Wilt supported Operation Smile and Sonny Hill Community Involvement League. These organizations help children that are born with certain birth defects. His charity work stems out from family values distilled upon him by his parents.