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Celebrating 29 years since Wilt Chamberlain's No. 13 jersey retirement

Celebrating 29 years since Wilt Chamberlain's No. 13 jersey retirement

There’s a reason why one of Wilt Chamberlain’s many nicknames was “The Record Book”. During the span of his 14-year professional career, the 7-foot-1 center was at the forefront of some of the most legendary moments in basketball history. Many of those moments were in Philly, where he spent four seasons (1964-68), won regular season MVP three out of those four seasons and led the team to an NBA championship in 1967.

To commemorate the 29-year anniversary of Chamberlain’s No. 13 jersey being retired with the Sixers, let’s take a look at 13 of his most iconic achievements on the court that cemented him as one of the greatest basketball players of all time and one of sports’ most treasured athletes.

1. Rookie of the Year
1959 was quite the year for Chamberlain. By the end of his rookie season, he averaged 37 points, 27 rebounds, and made his first NBA All-Star appearance. Before he entered the league, no rookie had ever led the NBA in scoring until he totaled an unbelievable 2,707 points. Wilt the Stilt won Rookie of the Year and became the first rookie to be awarded league MVP. No one else stood a chance.

2. Chamberlain vs. Russell
Chamberlain and Bill Russell were known rivals on the court and to this day are neck and neck in some of the league’s all-time records. But on Nov. 24, 1960, Russell and his Boston Celtics were no competition for Chamberlain and his Philadelphia Warriors. Wilt set the NBA record for most rebounds in a single game with 55 rebounds. To this day, Wilt Chamberlain is the No. 1 rebound leader in NBA history (23,924 total). Bill Russell sits at No. 2 with 21,620.

3. The 100-point Game
It wouldn’t be a complete list of Wilt’s greatest achievements without mentioning the 100-point game. He may not have been a Sixer when he recorded it on March 2, 1962, but he was playing for Philadelphia back when the Warriors were the city’s team. The only person to ever come close to breaking Wilt’s record was the late Kobe Bryant, who dropped 81 points in a Lakers win against the Raptors in 2006.

4. 200 rebounds
In the 1965 Eastern Division playoff series that ended in defeat for the Sixers, Wilt still came out with a win. While competing against arch nemesis Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics, Chamberlain racked up the most rebounds in a seven-game playoff series with 220 total.

5. A team effort
During the 1966-67 season, Wilt took advice from then Sixers coach Alex Hannum and decided to focus more on assisting his teammates, passing the ball, and shooting less. That same year, Wilt and the Sixers eliminated the Celtics in the Eastern Division Finals and defeated the San Francisco Warriors in the NBA Finals. This was his first NBA Championship.

6. 1967 Eastern Division Finals
Chamberlain was instrumental in ending the Celtics eight-year run of NBA titles. The Boston Celtics fell short in the 1967 Eastern Division Finals (1-4) and failed to advance for the first time in 11 years. In Game 3 alone, Wilt scored just 20 points, but set a playoff record with 41 rebounds. He led the Sixers to the Finals and the team won their second NBA championship, beating the San Francisco Warriors. Alongside guys like Hal Greer and Billy Cunningham, Chamberlain and the ’67 Sixers logged a 68-13 record that year – their best record to date and the fifth best NBA record of all time.

7. TRIPLE-Double-Double
Feb. 2, 1968, Chamberlain recorded the NBA’s first 20-20-20 feat in NBA history with 22 points, 25 rebounds, and 21 assists while competing against the Detroit Pistons. The only other player to do so was Russell Westbrook in 2019 – over 50 years later.

8. No breaks
The night of Wilt The Stilt’s 100-point game, he played the entire 48 minutes. When overtime was factored in, he averaged over 48 minutes by the end of the 1961-62 season earning him the top spot for most minutes played that year (3,882). Unreal.

9. No foul-outs
Chamberlain played a total 1,045 games throughout his 14-year career and managed to never foul out.

10. All-time scorer
Of the top five NBA All-Time scorers, Chamberlain holds the first (4,029 pts), second (3,586 pts), fourth (3,033 pts) and fifth (2,948 pts) spot, with Michael Jordan sandwiched in between him at No. 3 (3,041 pts).

11. Most 50-point games
Chamberlain is the only player in NBA history to break the 100 mark for most 50-point games, totaling 118. In terms of active players, James Harden is the closest to breaking that record – he has 23.

12. 30,000
Chamberlain became the first NBA player to score 30,000 points in his career. He reached the milestone while still with the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 16, 1973, a month before his retirement.

13. No. 13
No. 13 wasn’t just his jersey number, it was also the amount of times he was an NBA All-Star. He was the All-Star Game MVP in 1960.

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Philadelphia Wings coach Paul Day reflects on connection to Local Heroes Night

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The Philadelphia Wings celebrated Local Heroes Night on Friday during their game against the New York Riptide. The event honored first responders and members of the military by shining a light on their service to the community.

For Wings coach Paul Day, who spent 27 years on the police force in Ontario, Canada, and whose wife is in her 25th year as a police sergeant, that event hit close to home.

“Working in the industry as a police officer for a long time, it’s always about the community, community safety and teamwork,” Day said. “For me right now, to give back to people that are working in emergency service or military background, it’s very important.”

Day has worked in professional lacrosse since 1991 as a player, coach and an executive. His rookie year in the National Lacrosse League was also his first year in the police force. It wasn’t long after his retirement from the force that his new role as general manager and head coach of the Philadelphia Wings was announced in 2018.

Spending so much time between lacrosse and law enforcement, he naturally drew parallels between the two worlds, stressing that relationship building was a key factor to his success in both fields.

If you’re a leader in your police service, sports team or leader in the community, it’s about how you deal with people, how you treat people and how you work with people. So, I think that’s probably the biggest thing I’ve learned.

As a now retired police officer, Day spoke about how those who aren’t first responders or in the military can still be local heroes to people around them.

“Doing the right thing and being good to people, I think that goes a long way every day,” he said. "I think if you live that way, you can be a hero to everybody.”

Philadelphia Wings sign teen cancer survivor to one-day contract

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The Wings may have gotten themselves a new good luck charm.

The team won its second straight home game against the Rochester Knighthawks on Sunday night and in attendance was Malvern Prep freshman Lucca DiBartolomeo.

Last week, the 15-year-old signed a one-day contract with the Wings. The contract included his own customized jersey, locker stall and a chance to experience what it’s like to be a part of the team.

Lucca is a Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma survivor. The Wings and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Random Acts of Light program worked together to give the teen this surprise.

Wings forward Matt Rambo spoke with CBS reporters about the team’s plans to give Lucca an “experience of a lifetime.”

“Just have a good celebration and bring him onto our team and into our family and join us in the locker room and pregame just to show him how it’s done at our level.”

Malvern Prep’s Varsity Lacrosse Coach John McEvoy and Wings Assistant General Manager Joe Carlini also helped to orchestrate the surprise for Lucca. McEvoy played professionally for the Philadelphia Wings (1991-2002) where he was an All-Star and team captain.

Lucca’s surprise was a success. He was shocked to be greeted by Rambo and his teammate Kevin Crowley while at school.

“I had no idea," Lucca said. "I walked up here, I was so surprised. I was so happy to be with my favorite players."

Just before the game, he joined the players in the locker room where Crowley and Trevor Baptiste were happy to help suit him up and welcome him to the team.

Head coach Paul Day described Lucca as someone who represents what the Wings should be about.

“It really gives you perspective on how lucky we are to be involved in professional sports," Day told Fox29, "and how lucky we are to meet a tough kid like him.”