Originally Posted by Real Men Wear Green
And that's the problem with this thread: Who on this board saw prime Chamberlain? Myself, as a child I saw the end of Jabbar's career, and that's it.
as a kid, i remember seeing the 72 lakers with wilt. indeed that was a running team built around gail goodrich and jerry west doing the major scoring duties. but when the break wasnt there, wilt could still dominate the the low block
i saw kareem for the majority of his career and he was simply dominating. he was stronger than most people give him credit for and his sky hook was unstoppable-- highly effective and also an aesthetically pleasing shot. (i dont know why guys wont pick up that move today).
although wilt had some incredible stats, i would choose jabbar because he had a real warrior's heart and a certain mental toughness that was a bit better than wilts. this is one of the reasons kareem hada well rounded career with multiple championships and why he lasted 20 years in the league