HeartBreakKid wrote:The Infamous1 wrote:Wilt is a better player russell had a better career.
What sealed wilt>Russell to me was wilts 1967 and especially 1972 seasons. He was asked to just play defense,rebound, block shots, and don't worry about scoring. Pretty much let the other guys carry that load, which is also pretty much bill Russell's job description his entire career.
And it resulted in one of the best teams of all time and a championship. What that told me was if wilt was put in that role his entire career like in Boston he could've done that same thing. Instead he was asked to carry the team offensively from day one which is what his coaches asked him to do.
Then what happened between 67 and 72?
The sixers and lakers were more stacked than any team russell ever played with, and bill still beat them. wilt chamberlain didn't have to carry anything, he literally was a stat padder. he thought that breaking all the stats and stuff would do more for his legacy than winning, why anyone feels pity for him and his teams are beyond me.
The Lakers were stacked? Baylor was old, declining and repeatedly shat the bed in the playoffs having series where he shot sub 35% and sub 30% from the field. All three struggled with injuries including Wilt busting his knee out so badly that many doubted he would be able to make a meaningful comeback. Together the had one season where all three played healthily together in the playoffs and that's it.
The Lakers were only stacked if all you did was just reading some names on paper without any context whatsoever. On top of that the initial head coach van Breda Kolf also disliked Wilt immensely which did not help integrating during his first year while also pressuring him into a totally new role as a defensive anchor while basically showing a tendency of freezing Wilt out on offense even when Baylor had a terrible quarter/game/series.
Yeah the 76ers were more stacked than the Celtics. Just like the Celtics were more stacked when Wilt was on the Warriors. The difference? Wilt brought the Celtics to the brink of elimination while playing on a significantly inferior team. Russell on the other hand went out with a whimper in 67 and would have repeated that in 68 if not for the entire 76ers team being injured in the playoffs with Wilt having a torn calf muscle. Most of the time Wilt was hanging monster games on Russell with 25+/30+ points, 15+/20+ rebounds and sometimes double digit blocks. You can count the times Russell did the same to Wilt on one hand.
No he was not a stat padder not anymore than MJ was. If he were he would consider his 100 point game as one of his finest achievements. He did not, quite the contrary in fact, he considered an embarrassment and during the game he told his coach that he actually did not want to do it but his team mates continued to keep passing him the ball.
But please continue hating on one of the best players of NBA history with unfounded exaggerations or outright misrepresentations.