Wilton Norman Chamberlain (1936 –1999) was a 7 ft 1 in professional basketball player. Playing center in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for 14 years, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the sport’s history.
In the 1961-62 NBA season Wilt Chamberlain scored 50 points/game.
On March 2, 1962 he scored 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a 169–147 win over the New York Knicks,
Some men had physical abilities that made them unstoppable. Wilt was so much more powerful and athletic, he was so dominant, that referees allowed opponents to hold him, hack him and push him at will. If the refs called the actual fouls, the other team would have fouled out by halftime.
In high school, Wilt could dribble up to the foul line, and dunk his free throws. That became illegal.
The basketball “key” had to be widened to move Chamberlain far enough away from the rim so other players had a chance for a rebound.
When he played for Philadelphia, he was the fastest man in wind sprints – faster than Hal Grier.
Jim Brown was a similar specimen with unparalleled speed and power to punish tacklers in the NFL.. He was also the best lacrosse player in the world when he played at Syracuse He would put the ball in his webbing, place his stick against his chest, and sprint down the field. Defensemen couldn’t/wouldn’t get in front of him and couldn’t dislodge the ball as he passed them. The goalie had no chance. The rule was changed so that players had to cradle the ball away from their bodies.
Gordie Howe was a similar athlete. His superior skating and stickhandling skills were obvious. He was also a large man who checked opponents at will. When NHL teams began hiring a goon to intimidate other players, Howe just decked them whenever they called him out.
When Kareem Jabbar was in high school, the NCAA changed its rules to ban the dunk shot for fear that wherever he went, that team would be automatic champions In 3 varsity years, he won 3 NCAA championships and only lost 2 games in total. If the NCAA had allowed dunking, he probably would have gone undefeated.