Wilt Chamberlain: Rare Video of Basketball Star Shows Time at KU

Monday, 15 Jul 2013 04:49 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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Video of the graceful, high-energy, and fast play of Wilt Chamberlain on the basketball court isn’t rare, considering his domination of the sport. But video of Chamberlain playing for the University of Kansas for two years – particularly a much-talked about NCAA championship game – is rare, and when it hit YouTube, the views shot up, the Kansas City Star reported.

KU lost that championship game in 1956-57 to North Carolina in triple overtime, but it is still considered “one of the greatest college games of all time,” wrote Rustin Dodd for the KC Star. But until now, the video wasn’t available to show just how amazing Chamberlain was.

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Posted on YouTube by Wilt Chamberlain Archive, the video is eliciting as much awe today as what Chamberlain elicited from those sitting courtside.

Wrote YouTube viewer Executnr: “WOW! He was so active and energetic for a big man, and THAT SPEED! Forget the scoring, the energy and hustle looks to be the most impressive thing I’m seeing, he's playing like his life depends on it. And I agree with another comment he looks to be ahead of his time, this footage looks better than Jordan footage. THE ENERGY!”

NBC Sports College Basketball Talk writer Rob Dauster highlighted the video and said, “Like many of you, I was born well after Wilt Chamberlain’s playing career had come to an end. But thanks to a video that popped up over the weekend on a youtube channel called Wilt Chamberlain Archive, we can get a sense of just how dominant the former Kansas Jayhawk was at the college level.”

Wilt Chamberlain Archive pointed out in his YouTube comments that the basketball star, who died in October 1999, was 7.106 feet without shoes, had a 7-foot-8-inch wingspan and that “at age 28 and a weight of 290 lbs Kansas City Chiefs HOF coach Hank Stram clocked Wilt’s 40 yard dash at 4.6, and Wilt was wearing dress pants and had no shoes on. What an incredible specimen.”

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