Did Wilt Chamberlain Really Sleep With 20,000 Women?
22.9 rebounds per game. 50.4 season scoring average. 100 points in a single game against the New York Knicks.
Records were Wilt Chamberlain's thing. Apart from holding the scoring record for most points in an NBA game approached only by Kobe Bryant, Goliath once led the league in assist as no center had done it before. He's second in career scoring average solely behind Michael Jordan. He shied away from contact and never fouled out in his entire NBA career with the Philadelphia Warriors (who moved to San Francisco in 1962), Philadelphia 76ers, and Los Angeles Lakers.
Wilt cherished records and besting Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Milwaukee Bucks as much as he cherished his love life.
In his 1991 book, A View From Above, The Big Dipper claimed to have slept with 20,000 women in his life. The NBA's seventh all-time scorer stood by his claim, stating he was "just laying it out there for people who were curious."
A View From Above was published when the four-time NBA MVP was 55. If Wilt started getting down to business when he was 15, the former Harlem Globetrotters star would've had to sleep with an average of 1.4 women every day until he turned 55.
One of Wilt's close childhood friends, Tom Fitzhugh, claimed he never saw Wilt date in high school and that he was probably a virgin when he graduated. If that's true and the University of Kansas legend didn't start getting busy until he was 18, the average increases to 1.5 women per day.
It should be said that the NBA player notoriously welcomed double teams and loved threesomes, both on and off the court. Apparently, the professional basketball player once slept with 23 different women on one 10-day road trip. He averaged as many assists per game during his rookie year as he did women that trip.
We'll never know for sure, but in a 1999 interview shortly before he died of heart failure in Bel-Air, the Hall-of-Fame center said he "thought of a number that was a round number that may be close and may be whatever, and I used that number."
In that same interview, Wilt the Stilt showed a more tender side:
"Having a thousand different ladies is pretty cool, I've learned in my life. I've (also) found out that having one woman a thousand different times is more satisfying."
Wilt's a lover, no doubt about that. We celebrate love here, and as well all know, love trumps all.
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