“All of sudden it dawned on me, a guy just scored 100 points in a game and I didn’t even tape it, Campbell said.
Campbell was bailed out by a fan who recorded the fourth quarter at home and preserved the historic call.
“If it happened today, everyone would go bananas,” Campbell said. “There was a certain excitement about it, but nobody went completely stir crazy about it. The reaction was not as big as I expected it to be. It seems bigger now.”
Chamberlain, who starred at Kansas and died in 1999, will have his achievement get its due this week.
The Wilton Norman Chamberlain Postal Stamp Committee is holding a luncheon to continue their push to put Chamberlain on a stamp. “Wilt 100,” an NBA TV original film narrated by Chamberlain’s chief rival and good friend, Hall of Famer Bill Russell, premieres at 7 p.m. Friday.
The Sixers recently purchased the court that was stored in Hershey. The Sixers donated part of the court to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and all fans at Friday’s game vs. the Warriors will receive a mounted 2”x2” piece.
Sixers CEO Adam Aron wants to incorporate other parts of the court at their new practice facility, expected to be built in the next few years. Aron said part of the floor will be given to Chamberlain’s three sisters at halftime of Friday’s game against the Warriors.
“It’s going to be all Wilt, all night long,” Aron said.
Chamberlain still looms large in the NBA _ no matter there’s no video of his feat or he can’t be around to celebrate the mark at 50.
“You can’t see him scoring 100 points,” Pomerantz said, “but you feel his presence.”
AP sports writer Antonio Gonzalez in Oakland, Calif., contributed to this story.
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