Thursday, September 3, 2015

Going Through Wilt

Many had to go through Wilt to win an NBA title.

Going Through Wilt

Wilt Chamberlain played 14 seasons in the NBA and won two championships. (Amy Sancetta/AP file photo)
Wilt Chamberlain played 14 seasons in the NBA and won two championships. (Amy Sancetta/AP file photo)

Before we put a bow on another NBA season, we felt it was time to unleash a Wilt Chamberlain stat ...

Wilt Chamberlain played 14 seasons in the NBA and won two championships. In 10 of the 12 other seasons, the Overbrook High product was eliminated by the eventual NBA champions. 

Now, consider the fact that the Warriors missed the playoffs in their first year in San Francisco after moving from Philadelphia, and that leaves the 1961 Syracuse Nationals as the only team to eliminate Wilt from the postseason and not win the NBA title.

Here’s how Wilt’s teams fared in the playoffs each season:

 Year  Wilt's Team  Lost in  Lost to  NBA Champion
 1960  Philadelphia Warriors  East Final  Boston Celtics  Boston Celtics
 1961  Philadelphia Warriors  East Semifinal  Syracuse Nationals  Boston Celtics
 1962  Philadelphia Warriors  East Final  Boston Celtics  Boston Celtics
 1963  San Francisco Warriors  Did not qualify  —  Boston Celtics
 1964  San Francisco Warriors  Final  Boston Celtics  Boston Celtics
 1965  Philadelphia 76ers  East Final  Boston Celtics  Boston Celtics
 1966  Philadelphia 76ers  East Final  Boston Celtics  Boston Celtics
 1967  Philadelphia 76ers  Won Title  —  76ers
 1968  Philadelphia 76ers  East Final  Boston Celtics  Boston Celtics
 1969  Los Angeles Lakers  Final  Boston Celtics  Boston Celtics
 1970  Los Angeles Lakers  Final  New York Knicks  New York Knicks
 1971  Los Angeles Lakers  West Final  Milwaukee Bucks  Milwaukee Bucks
 1972  Los Angeles Lakers  Won Title  —  Los Angeles Lakers
 1973  Los Angeles Lakers  Final  New York Knicks  New York Knicks
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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