Michael is the epitome of showbiz” – Wilt Chamberlain was confident that Jordan would have been benched if he show-boated in his era

Michael is the epitome of showbiz” – Wilt Chamberlain was confident that Jordan would have been benched if he show-boated in his era

It’s pretty challenging to envision basketball legends like Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan, who thoroughly dominated their respective eras, struggling in any period they played. However, when ‘Wilt The Stilt’ was asked about ‘His Airness,’ the 7’1” center was certain that his showboating and dunking prowess would have landed him in enough trouble for the coach to sideline him for his own benefit.

Chamberlain on Jordan’s flair

Wilt’s time in the NBA marked such an era in the league when opposing players didn’t hesitate to raise their physicality and often crossed boundaries. Moreover, in an era dominated by big men and not fast-paced guards, Wilt stood out as a godly center whose wrath simply couldn’t be stopped by anyone.

So, when Conan O’Brien inquired about how Jordan would have fared in the 1960s, the two-time NBA Champ acknowledged that His Airness would still be a game-changing and profitable talent.

“Michael is the epitome of showbiz” – Wilt Chamberlain was confident that Jordan would have been benched if he show-boated in his era

Chamberlain believed Jordan’s showboating would have made him a target in his era.

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It’s pretty challenging to envision basketball legends like Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan, who thoroughly dominated their respective eras, struggling in any period they played. However, when ‘Wilt The Stilt’ was asked about ‘His Airness,’ the 7’1” center was certain that his showboating and dunking prowess would have landed him in enough trouble for the coach to sideline him for his own benefit.

Chamberlain on Jordan’s flair

Wilt’s time in the NBA marked such an era in the league when opposing players didn’t hesitate to raise their physicality and often crossed boundaries. Moreover, in an era dominated by big men and not fast-paced guards, Wilt stood out as a godly center whose wrath simply couldn’t be stopped by anyone.

So, when Conan O’Brien inquired about how Jordan would have fared in the 1960s, the two-time NBA Champ acknowledged that His Airness would still be a game-changing and profitable talent.

“The mentality of the fan is wonderful when they’ve learned to accept showbiz,” Wilt said. “And Michael is the epitome of showbiz, along with that great talent.”

However, the four-time MVP believed that the same reason would have made Mike a target in the 1960s. With his acrobatic dunks and showmanship, Jordan would have simply painted a target on himself.

During my time, if you did a 360, first of all, the opposition would take it as an insult that you would try to do something like that against them. The coach on your own team, if you weren’t at least 90,000 points ahead, would bench you. And the fans would look at you like, ‘He’s the biggest hot dog in the world,'” Chamberlain added. “That’s the truth.”

Michael Jordan is one of those rare specimens that could have played at any particular time,” Wilt concluded.

Considering Jordan’s adept footwork, which constantly outmaneuvered his opponents, his fearless drives to the rim, and his competitive drive to be the best, it’s evident that he could have excelled in any era. 

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