Wilt Chamberlain had a slew of legendary quotes towards Chicago Bulls legend, Michael Jordan, saying Jordan isn’t the GOAT.
Ever since LeBron James won his fourth NBA championship and his 4th Finals MVP, almost every single media outlet has been covering one story: Who is the greatest NBA player of all time?
The only 2 candidates that are in this argument nowadays are LeBron James and Michael Jordan. The debate of ‘who is the Goat’ revolves around the UNC graduate and the kid from Akron.
However, many forget about the ones who came before them, such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Bill Russell, but perhaps the most controversial of all, the late Wilt Chamberlain.
Wilt Chamberlain felt like the media was getting out of hand when they were crowning Jordan as the GOAT back in the 90s and so had to air out his frustration by taking shots at the 6x champion.
Chamberlain said it was much easier for Jordan to dominate in his era
It feels like every now and then, a new factoid about Chamberlain’s insane work ethic or athletic prowess is released, to further amaze us NBA fans.
Only players in NBA History to average 34+ PPG in multiple seasons
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Only Wilt knows what’s true and he certainly believed he had GOAT status over Jordan. Wilt once said, “Just remember Michael, when you played, they changed the rules to make it easier for you to dominate. When I played, they changed the rules to make it harder for me.”
WILT CHAMBERLAIN TO MICHAEL JORDAN:
“THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOU AND ME IS THAT THEY HAD TO CHANGE THE RULES FOR ME SO I COULDN’T DOMINATE. THEY CHANGED THE RULES FOR YOU, SO YOU CAN DOMINATE.” 🔥
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Wilt’s many quotes discrediting Jordan’s GOAT status
Chamberlain had earned the right to take shots at perhaps any player in NBA history as he was the most dominant force in NBA history, alongside Shaquille O’Neal.
So Wilt certainly did not hold back against his Airness as he said, “If you had to take Wilt and Michael, my prime and his prime? How much money you willing to bet?”
Wilt also mocked Jordan for wanting to break his records as Wilt responded, “Which record?” in obvious reference to the comically outrageous records he holds.