Seeing is believing.. And well I've never seen it, inclfact none of you have.
That's because footage of the game doesn't exist..
Lets take a closer look. In 1962 ( the year of the supposed game) the NBA wasn't very popular. Games werent televised, attendance was horrific and it was below college basketball in popularity. What a better way to generate coverage of the NBA than with a 100 pt game.. Could it be? Could Wilts 100 point game have been a fraud? Perhaps..
Originally Posted by Gary Pomerantz
“The 100-point game was a hyperbolic announcement of the rise of the black athlete in basketball,”
Wilts "accomplishment" during the early 60's would have been a big deal, and as any promoter knows, a special attraction will bring fans to the game and with NBA attendance as dreadful as it was..one man saw a giant among men and a golden opportunity, that mans name was..
Pollack, the Warriors PR man at the time saw an oppurtunity and took it. Knowing there was no cameras, NO SPORTS WRITERS at the game and a handful in attendance he knew this was a situation that could be easily manipulated.
Harvey Pollack originally claimed that the game took place infront of 40,000 people
Today, the games attendance is believed to have been around 4,000.
Pollack also originally claimed that the game was played in Madison Squate Garden
..because what's better than a 7 foot giant scoring 100 points? Doin it infront of 40,000 people at MSG.
That's how little attention was payed to this game that Pollack believed he could get away with LYING about where the game took place. The actually game took place in Pennsylvania at the Hershey sports arena..not MSG.
Also, we are led to believe that in this game Wilt shot an astounding 28-32 from the line that night..
Wilt Chamberlain, a career 51% FT shooter supposedly had a game where he made 28 out of 32 free throws and there's no video to prove it..
Many years later when asked how this was possible Wilt said he attributed his amazing free throw shooting to shooting underhand free throws against the Knicks and that
Originally Posted by Wilt Chamberline
“I personally don’t think it will ever happen again,
How convenient, a 51% free throw shooter gets turned into Ray Allen from the line for one night with no video evidence and while using a form that according to Wilts teaamate Al Attles
Originally Posted by Al Attles
“I don’t know if a team will allow it to happen now.”
If Dwight Howard told you that he went 28-32 from the line in a game last night..but there was no video would you believe him? Prolly not. Especially If he claimed it was due to a new shooting form he was using that he will now never use again..
The game itself wasnt officially recognized and celebrated by the league until 1987..
The man who was burdened as being the "guy who wilt scored his 100 point on" Darrall Imhoff only played 20 minutes that game and wasn't even on the court when the 100th point was supposedly scored.
The game ball which Wilt supposedly scored his 100th point with was auctioned off for a huge sum of money was later suspended due to the question over the authenticity of the ball. The seller had claimed Chamberline handed him the ball after the game. However, Wilts teaamate contends that Wilt have him the ball..yet that ball has yet to be seen and verified...
Could the 100 point game have been nothing more than a marketing device to get more eyes on the NBA?