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Robert Rubino connects current sports news with the past

Al Attles’ perfect game

Today is the 50th anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game. And although Chamberlain’s accomplishment is impressive, to say the least, Wilt was far from perfect when the Philadelphia Warriors defeated the New York Knicks 169-147 on March 2, 1962, at Hershey, Pa. Chamberlain shot 36 of 63 from the field and 28 of 32 from the free-throw line. Chamberlain teammate Al Attles, though, who would go on to coach the Golden State Warriors to their only NBA championship in 1975,… Read More »

Wilt’s 100-point game still fascinates

The following is my column that ran on C2 of  last Sunday’s Press Democrat. It stands out freakishly, like the fictional Pushmi-pullyu, the two-headed creature from the old Dr. Doolittle children’s stories, with each head facing an opposite direction. It’s that odd, that unreal. As laughable as it is exotic. As sports accomplishments go, the legacy of Wilt Chamberlain scoring 100 points in an NBA game exists more as carnival exhibit or myth from ancient times (or at least pre-ESPN,… Read More »

NBA Big Three no guarantee

No doubt about it, the Miami Heat’s Big Three of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade is formidable. But the trio hasn’t won anything yet. There have been other Big Three combinations in NBA history, with varying degrees of success. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and James Worthy won five NBA championships with the L.A. Lakers. Larry Bird, Robert Parish and Kevin McHale won three titles with the Boston Celtics. Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman won three titles… Read More »

Wilt’s most remarkable feat

Today, March 2, is the anniversary of one of Wilt Chamberlain’s most remarkable feats — 87 percent free-throw shooting. On March 2, 1962, at Hershey, Pa., in front of 4,124 fans, the Philadelphia Warriors defeated the New York Knicks, 169-147. Chamberlain, a career 51 percent free-throw shooter, hit 28-of-32, by far his most successful free-throw shooting performances. Oh, yeah. That was the game in which he scored a record 100 points. He also grabbed 25 rebounds — his season’s average.