Thursday, March 1st, 2012 at 6:09 pm  |  5 responses

NBA TV to Premiere “Wilt, 100″ Friday

Friday, March 2 marks the 50th anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 point game. In honor of this historical moment, NBA TV will be premiering Wilt, 100, a documentary narrated by Bill Russell and featuring interviews with fans in attendance, Philadelphia Warriors employees and former NBA players who shared the court with Wilt.

From our friends at NBA TV:

On the 50th anniversary of arguably the greatest individual performance in sports history – Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point scoring night on March 2, 1962 – NBA TV will retell the story of this mythical feat and the larger than life man who accomplished it.  Wilt 100, an NBA TV original film narrated by Chamberlain’s chief rival and good friend, Hall of Famer Bill Russell, premieres on Friday, March 2, at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Utilizing rarely-seen interviews with Chamberlain, the hour-long documentary, which can only be seen exclusively on NBA TV, will take viewers back to the night in Hershey, Pa., that will live forever in history, when The Big Dipper led his Philadelphia Warriors in a 169-147 victory over the New York Knicks. With no existing footage from the game and only about 4,000 witnesses to the event, NBA TV has woven Chamberlain’s own recollections, fresh interviews with Hershey natives in attendance that night and stories from Warriors employees and Chamberlain’s NBA contemporaries to bring the performance back to life.

To help further paint the picture of this legendary performance, NBA TV adds depth to many of the long-told tales of the night – ranging from non-fiction to fable and everything in between.  Subjects include the four-time NBA MVP’s can’t-miss pre-game performance at the rifle arcade at Hershey Arena and as lore has it, his ride back home to New York City in the backseat of a car driven by members of the Knicks team he just defeated. The documentary also gives viewers a new appreciation for something that is decided fact:  Chamberlain’s incredible 1962 season – in which he averaged an astounding 50.4 points and 25.7 rebounds – and Wilt’s role in revolutionizing the NBA game.

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  • MikeC.

    @Red – hallowed ground over here. Quiet like an empty church. No greasy stoppers at all.

  • MikeC.

    *strippers* stupid auto-correct. Playbook, how dare you assume that ‘strippers’ isn’t a dictionary word!

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    wrong thread dude

  • Thom

    I was there in Hershey that night and know the young man who ran onto the floor after Wilt hit 100 and picked up the game ball, ran off the floor and jumped over the dasher boards (the glass had been taken down-it is primarily a hockey arena), ran out the hallway and into the night with the precious sports artifact. The Hershey Estates police chased him but he hid behind a large sawdust pile on the grounds of the (now gone) lumber mill about a half a mile away, coming out only hours later. That summer he brought the ball to an outside, macadamized court where we would play and I told him he was nuts to do so, as it was an indoor ball and would be ruined! There is, 50 years later, more to this true story of “the” game ball of all time pro basketball…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    That is crazy awesome if that’s true Thom. And that guy just jumped to the most wanted list for the hall of fame police