Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers The following year, Wilt Chamberlain was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he shared a dressing room with Elgin Baylor and Jerry West, future Hall of Fame members, creating one of the most prolific basketball scoring machines of all time . Baylor and Chamberlain, however, played only a few games as teammates due to the withdrawal of one family problems and equipment, and another knee injury. This injury limited the number of games he played before the young Milwaukee Bucks center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, then known as Lew Alcindor. The center of the Lakers was the only player able to plug one of their mythical “sky-hook” (hooks). That season the Lakers were winning the title but struggled some old Celtics. In 1970, Gail Goodrich acquisition strengthened the offensive play of the Lakers after the Baylor loss. In the Finals, lost to New York Knicks, one of the best defensive teams in the post-Russell-Celtics.Both teams played a hard and competitive series, but in the fifth game Willis Reed suffered a serious knee injury. The Knicks won that game, but the following were shattered by the offensive play of Wilt Chamberlain, and it looked like they would play the seventh and final game without their starting center. However, Reed, limping, he won the initial jump to Chamberlain and scored the first four points of his team, leading his team to one of the tiebreaker playoff games most famous of all time. Although Reed could only play a small part of the game, and when he did actually had trouble moving, Chamberlain scored only 21 points (when the season his average was 27.3) in 16 shots, many to a seventh game of a Finals. In addition, the foul line signed a sad 1 / 11, perhaps his worst game ever seen in this aspect. In 1971, the Lakers made a notable move by signing the former Celtics player and coach Bill Sharman.Sharman exploded all Chamberlain’s defensive qualities. This experiment proved very successful in being elected Wilt Defensive NBA season for the first time in his career, and with the Lakers beating his record of victories, 69, including the legendary streak of 33 consecutive victories, the longest in the professional American sports history. Chamberlain, unimpressed, said ironically: “I played with the Harlem Globetrotters and won 445 consecutive matches. Chamberlain and West would win his first and only title with the Lakers in 1972, the first season without Baylor. This team also included forwards Jim McMillian, a scorer and rebounder and defensive specialist Happy Hairston. In the series against the Knicks, Wilt averaged 19.2 points per game and was named MVP of the Finals, mainly by his incredible contribution to the rebound. In the final game scored 23 points and 29 rebounds, despite having injured his right wrist.During the series averaged 23.2 rebounds per game, at the age of 36. The next year, what would be his last season as a professional player at 37, Chamberlain still led the league in rebounding with an average of 18, 6, while signed an NBA record with its 72.7 shooting from the field. I look back and see that my first seven years compared to my last seven are a joke in terms of entry. I stopped throwing because the coaches asked me to do and I did. Sometimes I wonder if that was a mistake. -Wilt Chamberlain, speaking in Philadelphia Daily News

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