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Boston Celtics center Bill Russell shoots over the reach of Philadelphia Warriors center Wilt Chamberlain during a game in 1960 at Convention Hall in Philadelphia.  Hall of Famer Bill Russell, a five-time MVP, 12-time All-Star and winner of 11 NBA Championships, turns 80 today. (Neil Leifer/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Bill Russell

Boston Celtics center Bill Russell shoots over the reach of Philadelphia Warriors center Wilt Chamberlain during a game in 1960 at Convention Hall in Philadelphia.  Hall of Famer Bill Russell, a five-time MVP, 12-time All-Star and winner of 11 NBA Championships, turns 80 today. (Neil Leifer/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Bill Russell

On this day in 1960, Wilt Chamberlain scores 58 points, the most ever by an NBA rookie, as Philadelphia beats Detroit 127-117 in Bethlehem, Penn. (John G. Zimmerman/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Wilt Chamberlain

On this day in 1960, Wilt Chamberlain scores 58 points, the most ever by an NBA rookie, as Philadelphia beats Detroit 127-117 in Bethlehem, Penn. (John G. Zimmerman/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Wilt Chamberlain

Walt Bellamy blocks a shot by Wilt Chamberlain during a 1966 Knicks-76ers game. (Neil Leifer/SI)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of Wilt Chamberlain | Iconic Knicks Photos 

Walt Bellamy blocks a shot by Wilt Chamberlain during a 1966 Knicks-76ers game. (Neil Leifer/SI)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Wilt Chamberlain | Iconic Knicks Photos 

Seen here playing pool, Wilt Chamberlain plays pool at his sprawling Bel-Air home that he named Ursa Major as an ode to the stars that make up the Big Dipper. Chamberlain would have celebrated his 76th birthday on Tuesday. (Ralph Crane//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of Wilt Chamberlain | Iconic Lakers | Celtics-Lakers Rivalry

Seen here playing pool, Wilt Chamberlain plays pool at his sprawling Bel-Air home that he named Ursa Major as an ode to the stars that make up the Big Dipper. Chamberlain would have celebrated his 76th birthday on Tuesday. (Ralph Crane//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Wilt Chamberlain | Iconic Lakers | Celtics-Lakers Rivalry

Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, and Jerry West of the Los Angeles Lakers pose before a Oct. 1970 practice. (Darryl Norenberg/WireImage)

GALLERY: Iconic Photos of the Los Angeles Lakers | Rare Wilt Chamberlain Photos

Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, and Jerry West of the Los Angeles Lakers pose before a Oct. 1970 practice. (Darryl Norenberg/WireImage)
GALLERY: Iconic Photos of the Los Angeles Lakers | Rare Wilt Chamberlain Photos

Knicks legend Willis Reed turns 70 today. In this photo, Reed just avoids the outstretched arm of Wilt Chamberlain during the 1973 NBA Finals between the Knicks and Lakers. Reed would lead the Knicks to a five-game series victory and their second  championship in four seasons. (AP)

GALLERY: Iconic Photos of the New York Knicks | Los Angeles Lakers

Knicks legend Willis Reed turns 70 today. In this photo, Reed just avoids the outstretched arm of Wilt Chamberlain during the 1973 NBA Finals between the Knicks and Lakers. Reed would lead the Knicks to a five-game series victory and their second  championship in four seasons. (AP)
GALLERY: Iconic Photos of the New York Knicks | Los Angeles Lakers

Jerry West leads the break during the 1972 Western Conference Finals between the Lakers and Bucks. Los Angeles would wind up eliminating Milwaukee in six games on their way to an NBA championship. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

GALLERY: Iconic Photos of the Los Angeles Lakers

Jerry West leads the break during the 1972 Western Conference Finals between the Lakers and Bucks. Los Angeles would wind up eliminating Milwaukee in six games on their way to an NBA championship. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
GALLERY: Iconic Photos of the Los Angeles Lakers

Bill Russell and John Havlicek pull down a rebound as Wilt Chamberlain looks on during a 1967 Celtics-76ers game. The two teams meet tonight in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series tonight. Boston has a 1-0 series lead. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of Celtics-76ers Rivalry

Bill Russell and John Havlicek pull down a rebound as Wilt Chamberlain looks on during a 1967 Celtics-76ers game. The two teams meet tonight in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series tonight. Boston has a 1-0 series lead. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Celtics-76ers Rivalry

Today is Pat Riley’s 67th birthday. In this 1972 photo, Riley celebrates with teammate Wilt Chamberlain after the Lakers beat the Bucks for the 1972 NBA championship. Riley averaged 7 points per game over his nine-year career. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

SI VAULT: Riley not named one of NBA’s best-dressed players
SI VAULT: Coach Riley leads Lakers to NBA title (6.21.82)

Today is Pat Riley’s 67th birthday. In this 1972 photo, Riley celebrates with teammate Wilt Chamberlain after the Lakers beat the Bucks for the 1972 NBA championship. Riley averaged 7 points per game over his nine-year career. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
SI VAULT: Riley not named one of NBA’s best-dressed playersSI VAULT: Coach Riley leads Lakers to NBA title (6.21.82)

In this 1957 photo, Wilt Chamberlain tries to cram his 7-foot-1 frame under a desk at the University of Kansas. Today marks 50 years since Chamberlain scored 100 points in a game. (George Silk/Getty Images)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Wilt Chamberlain
ROTHSCHILD: Wilt’s historic night stands alone
FRIEDMAN: Former teammate reflects on Wilt’s night


In this 1957 photo, Wilt Chamberlain tries to cram his 7-foot-1 frame under a desk at the University of Kansas. Today marks 50 years since Chamberlain scored 100 points in a game. (George Silk/Getty Images) GALLERY: Rare Photos of Wilt ChamberlainROTHSCHILD: Wilt’s historic night stands aloneFRIEDMAN: Former teammate reflects on Wilt’s night

Lakers center Wilt Chamberlain coverts a layup as Knicks defenders Phil Jackson (18), Dave DeBusschere (22) and Jerry Lucas (32) look on during Game 1 of the 1972 NBA Finals. The Knicks would win the game 114-92 but the Lakers would win the next four games to claim the championship. (George Long/SI)

SI VAULT: Lakers play hot hands on way to NBA title (5.15.72)

Lakers center Wilt Chamberlain coverts a layup as Knicks defenders Phil Jackson (18), Dave DeBusschere (22) and Jerry Lucas (32) look on during Game 1 of the 1972 NBA Finals. The Knicks would win the game 114-92 but the Lakers would win the next four games to claim the championship. (George Long/SI)
SI VAULT: Lakers play hot hands on way to NBA title (5.15.72)

Fifty years ago today, Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain scored 78 points in a triple-overtime loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, 151-147. It was the third most points scored in a game by one player in NBA history (Kobe Bryant is second with 81 points in a game, Chamberlain is first with 100).(John G. Zimmerman/SI)

BACK IN TIME GALLERY: Find out what happened on December 8
GALLERY: Rare photos of Wilt Chamberlain - on and off the court

Fifty years ago today, Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain scored 78 points in a triple-overtime loss to the Los Angeles  Lakers, 151-147. It was the third most points scored in a game by one player in NBA history (Kobe Bryant is second with 81 points in a game, Chamberlain is first with 100).(John G. Zimmerman/SI)
BACK IN TIME GALLERY: Find out what happened on December 8GALLERY: Rare photos of Wilt Chamberlain - on and off the court

Bill Russell, who won the 1968 Sportsman of the Year, shoots a hook over Wilt Chamberlain during a 1959 Celtics-Sixers game. (Hy Peskin/SI)

SI VAULT: Russell wins 1968 Sportsman of the Year (12.23.68)

Bill Russell, who won the 1968 Sportsman of the Year, shoots a hook over Wilt Chamberlain during a 1959 Celtics-Sixers game. (Hy Peskin/SI)
SI VAULT: Russell wins 1968 Sportsman of the Year (12.23.68)

A rear view of Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain at a 1967 Celtics-Sixers game at Boston Garden. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

GALLERY: Rare photos of Wilt Chamberlain

A rear view of Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain at a 1967 Celtics-Sixers game at Boston Garden. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
GALLERY: Rare photos of Wilt Chamberlain

Lakers guard Jerry West leads a fast break as Wilt Chamberlain (white headband) and Kareem Abdul Jabbar (No. 33) look on. The photo was taken from a 1973 game between the Bucks and Lakers. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

GLICKSMAN: West’s new biography dishes on Phil Jackson, Kobe, Shaq
GALLERY: Iconic photos of the Lakers

Lakers guard Jerry West leads a fast break as Wilt Chamberlain (white headband) and Kareem Abdul Jabbar (No. 33) look on. The photo was taken from a 1973 game between the Bucks and Lakers. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
GLICKSMAN: West’s new biography dishes on Phil Jackson, Kobe, ShaqGALLERY: Iconic photos of the Lakers