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Wilt Chamberlain and Kevin Durant have more in common than you think

Wilt Chamberlain - Kevin Durant

When news of Kevin Durant signing with the Golden State Warriors hit airwaves, it sent the sports world into a crazed frenzy. There simply wasn't a precedent for a top 3 player losing a series in 3-1 fashion and then leaving a contender to form a superteam... or so you may have thought.

In 1968, the 76ers led by reigning MVP Wilt Chamberlain lost a 3-1 lead to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Division Finals. Chamberlain - a man who once famously held up a picture of his record breaking 100 point performance - only scored 14 points in the decisive Game 7, and did not even take a shot in the second half in clear protest of his coach Alex Hannum.

The following offseason Wilt demanded a trade to the team that lost to Boston in the Finals, joining the hall of fame talents Jerry West & Elgin Baylor of the Los Angeles Lakers. They would form what is considered to be the first superteam in league history.

Sound familiar? This is a striking parallel to Kevin Durant's decision, everywhere from losing a 3-1 lead to and leaving that situation to join an established contender as a top 3 player in the league. We have seen this scenario before, it just happened so long ago that no one even remembers.

Chamberlain's then a controversial decision has not changed how we view and respect him an all-time great player, and hopefully, it does not alter how outlook on Durant's career from this point forward. What ultimately matters is how good these players are at basketball and they've proven themselves among the best of their era.


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