On the 50th anniversary of arguably the greatest individual performance in sports history — Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point scoring night on March 2, 1962 — NBA TV will retell the story of the feat. “Wilt 100,” an NBA TV original film narrated by Chamberlain's chief rival and good friend, Hall of Famer Bill Russell, debuts at 6 p.m. Friday.
Using rarely-seen interviews with Chamberlain, the hourlong documentary will take viewers back to the night in Hershey, Pa., when Chamberlain led his Philadelphia Warriors in a 169-147 victory over the New York Knicks.
With no existing game footage and only about 4,000 witnesses to the event, NBA TV has included Chamberlain's own recollections, interviews with Hershey natives in attendance that night and stories from Warriors employees and Chamberlain's NBA contemporaries to bring the performance back to life.
The documentary includes many of the long-told tales of the night, including Chamberlain's can't-miss pregame performance at the arena's rifle arcade and, as lore has it, his ride back to New York City in the backseat of a car driven by members of the Knicks.
FSOK, COX TO PROVIDE STATE FINALS COVERAGE
Fox Sports Oklahoma and Cox Communications will combine to televise and webcast OSSAA boys and girls basketball state championship games beginning this weekend.
Coverage begins Saturday with live webcasts of the Class A and Class B boys and girls state championships from State Fair Arena on FoxSportsSouthwest.com. Steve Marshall and Rod Thompson will call the action.
The Class 6A and Class 5A boys and girls championships from the Mabee Center in Tulsa on March 10 will be televised exclusively on the Cox Channel (channels 3 and 703).
Class 4A, 3A and 2A boys and girls state title games March 10 from State Fair Arena will be shown on Fox Sports Oklahoma Plus due to program conflicts with the Thunder and women's basketball tournament coverage.
— KOCB-34 closes out the regular season with an OSU-OU men's basketball doubleheader. OSU plays at Kansas State at 12:30 p.m. (Dave Armstrong and Jon Sundvold) and OU hosts Texas A&M at 3 p.m. (Mitch Holtus and Stephen Howard).
— ABC and ESPN will have a pair of doubleheaders Sunday. On ABC, Boston hosts the New York Knicks and Jeremy Lin at noon (Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown and Heather Cox) and the L.A. Lakers host Miami at 2:30 p.m. (Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Lisa Salters). On ESPN, Philadelphia is at home against Chicago at 6 p.m. (Dan Shulman and Doris Burke) and San Antonio hosts Denver at 8:30 p.m. (Dave Pasch and Chris Mullin).
— ESPN's “College GameDay” will be at Duke University on Saturday (9 a.m., ESPNU, 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., ESPN) to preview the No. 6 North Carolina at No. 4 Duke game at 6 p.m. that day on ESPN.
— Sports fans will be able to watch ESPN “Championship Week” basketball games directly through Facebook via the launch of a syndicated ESPN3 player, which is available throughout the week on ESPN's Facebook pages. For users who receive ESPN3 through an affiliated Internet service provider, the player will be able to automatically identify them as an authenticated user. Users whose subscription is tied to their video account will be directed to www.watchespn.com to authenticate.