张伯伦在NBA退役后又去统治排球赛场，甚至还入选全明星拿过MVP！新闻来源: 美国JRs之声 于 2017-12-06 9:30:33
DYK: Wilt Chamberlain dominated pro Volleyball after the NBA. Won variety of MVPs and tournaments, eventually earned Pro Volleyball HOF status - all in his 40s (self.nba)
Wilt played volleyball at the pro IVA level from at least as soon as age 41 and perhaps even sooner (he first picked up the sport at age 33 after his NBA knee surgery in an effort to improve his leg strength but the first pro league he was in that im aware of was in 1977) and carried on at that level well into his mid to late 40s, even making appearances on nationally televised pro volleyball all-star tournaments.
Description of Wilt as a Volleyball player by former IVA pro Byron Shewman:
"In 1978, I was a player-coach for the Tucson Sky. The All-Star Game was held in El Paso, and I was coaching the East team. Wilt was playing, and a journalist from the major El Paso paper called me a couple of days before for an interview about the game. I found out later that this guy didnt like Wilt, and he asked me specifically, What do you think about Wilt? And we had all been kind of primed not to say too many negative things about Wilt.
Wilt was, by and large, a very effective hitter. The rest of his game was spotty because he hadnt played that much. His blocking and ball handling were not too strong, and his hands were so big he couldnt set the ball. It was like setting a softball or a baseball. And his passing wasnt that strong, either. But it didnt matter. It was a specialized game at that time. There was no rotation. And he was very effective in his role.
There were some world-class players at that game, and also the best American players, who were getting better all the time with the competition.
So we got to El Paso, and the morning of the match, I was at breakfast. And Dodge Parker, an old friend who was on the other team, said, Did you see the headline in the paper? Why did you say that? And I said, Say what? So I looked at the paper, and it said something like Shewman says East will go after Chamberlain’s weak ball handling.
When we got to the gym before the match, the owner of the league came up in a panic and said, Byron, youve got to go over and talk to Wilt. He’s threatening not to play. And if that happens, weve got no TV. And Im stammering, and I see Wilt. And it was one of those hot El Paso days, and he was over there sweating in his tank top. He looked like Godzilla. It looked like he had steam coming off his forehead. So I went over and said, Wilt, can I have a word with you? And he said, Dont even bother, and he turned his back on me.
After warm ups, they introduced both teams, and we were kind of behind the bleachers. And for some reason, I was the last guy to be introduced for the East and he was the last guy from the West. Ill never forget standing next to him. We were back in this corner, like in a cave. And here was this giant of a human being still seething at me, and I just wanted them to introduce me so I could get out of there.
And then Wilt went out and played and Ive seen three Olympics and a lot of world-class, high-level volleyballand he played as well as any hitter Ive ever seen. He was playing against some world-class players, and I cant remember his stats, but it was something close to a 90-percent kill rate. I guess a lot of it was attributed to me and that headline.
After the game, I ran up to the writer and said, Youd better get over there right now. I made sure that guy wrote a letter of apology to let Wilt know that he misquoted me, which he did. And he did write it.
I saw Wilt maybe a year later on the beach and we laughed and he said, Dont worry about it."
[–]dwilon6mile 2454 指標 12小時前
TIL Wilt played fucking volleyball
[–]Lakers BandwagonDongsquad420BlazeIt 856 指標 12小時前
And not just played, but was an MVP (in the senior league)
[–]Cavaliersdantheman9758[S] 750 指標 12小時前
And an All-Star (with no age bracket - so in the company of prime players)
[–]Too Tall Hall310BrownGuy 37 指標 11小時前
Wasn't he still receiving half-serious NBA offers for years and years?
[–]Wizards Bandwagonlivefreeordont 89 指標 11小時前
Yeah it's not like he was Shaq. Dude was in shape well into his late 40s
[–]SunsVampaV 71 指標 10小時前
Wilt was getting known offers in the 80s when he was almost 50. Pretty crazy to think about.
[–]Lakers_TIMBER_ 1260 指標 12小時前
He has to be in the running for the greatest athlete ever, regardless of sport.
[–]KnicksHoboWithAGlock 393 指標 12小時前
Got offers to play in the NBA until he was 54 years old
This will always be my favorite set of Wilt feats. The story about him playing in LA and beasting against Magic, etc. is hilarious. Wilt just shows up and gets challenged by NBA players when he's like in his late 40s, and he just dominates them.
People really don't understand that at the age of 50, NBA owners were seriously asking him to sign with their team. It's ridiculous.
[–]ADavidJohnson 302 指標 10小時前
On a summer day in the early 1980s at the Men's Gym on the UCLA campus, Chamberlain showed up to take part in one of the high-octane pickup games that the arena constantly attracted. Brown was the coach of the Bruins back then, and Chamberlain often drove to UCLA from his home in Bel Air, Calif.
"Magic Johnson used to run the games," Brown recalled Tuesday after hearing that Chamberlain, his friend, had died at the age of 63, "and he called a couple of chintzy fouls and a goaltending on Wilt.
"So Wilt said: 'There will be no more layups in this gym,' and he blocked every shot after that. That's the truth, I saw it. He didn't let one (of Johnson's) shots get to the rim."
[–][UTA] Greg Ostertagsoapy_goatherd 282 指標 12小時前
Wilt was the bridge between superheroes and humanity
[–]NBAFuck-The-Modz 221 指標 13小時前
Meanwhile MJ was sucking ass in the 2nd division of the minor leagues
[–]Raptorsmsharma28 69 指標 10小時前
I mean basketball-type athletic advantages are almost of no use in baseball. They're definitely transferable to volleyball though.
[–]Butterstuffednuts 112 指標 12小時前*
Not his fault. He was suspended from the only thing he was good at.
[–]Lakersositola 26 指標 12小時前
And gambling lol
[–]Butterstuffednuts 21 指標 12小時前
Oh no he still gambled just stopped gambling on the NBA. Either way he was a famous loser. Something Jordan and me have in common bad at gambling, still gambles.