Cover image for Wilt : larger than life
Wilt : larger than life
Cherry, Robert Allen, 1943-
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Publication Information:
Chicago, Ill. : Triumph Books, [2004]

Physical Description:
xiv, 416 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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GV884.C5 C44 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
GV884.C5 C44 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A capturing of basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain's personality and thoughts--known by relatively few people other than family and close friends--is made available to all in this intimate biography. The author, a native of Philadelphia and an alumnus of Chamberlain's alma mater, spent four years researching and interviewing the most important people in Wilt's life to produce these results.

Author Notes

Robert Cherry  is a journalist and a former Peace Corps volunteer in the West African bush. He has been a general assignment reporter or editor for four newspapers, including the Arizona Republic , and his freelance work has appeared in the New York Times and the  Jerusalem Post , among other publications. He played varsity basketball at Wilt Chamberlain's alma mater, Overbrook High School.  Jerry West is a former Los Angeles Laker who led the team to nine NBA Finals and the 1972 championship. He is a former Lakers coach and general manager and serves as the president of basketball operations for the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Booklist Review

Long before Kobe, or Shaq, or MJ, or Magic, or Bird, or Kareem, there was Wilt--arguably the greatest basketball player of all time. For instance, in his third NBA season alone (1961-62), Wilt Chamberlain had per-game averages of 50.4 points and 25.7 rebounds, and he played all but nine minutes of his team's 80 games. Wilt would hold more than 80 records by the end of his career and would prompt the NBA to make several rule changes--creating the goal-tending call, for one. Despite these accomplishments, Wilt was always regarded as the loser and his Boston Celtic archrival, Bill Russell, as the winner. Author Cherry addresses this misconception--Wilt's teams were always vastly weaker than Russell's--and also gives enough, but not too much, attention to Chamberlain's ill-considered, though possibly accurate, boast that he'd slept with some 20,000 women. A solid biography for any sports collection. --Alan Moores Copyright 2004 Booklist