NBA TV remembers Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game with one-hour special

MEDIA NOTEBOOK — Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game came 50 years ago in Hershey, Pa.
by Mel Bracht Published: March 1, 2012
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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.

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by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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