I like the old records, the ones that endure despite changes to games and bats and offensive philosophies and steroids and enhanced protection of quarterbacks. So I didn't want to see anybody break the record Wilt Chamberlaind set 50 years ago today when he scored 100 points in a 160-147 victory against the New York Knicks.
On Wednesday night 24 NBA teams played. Sixteen failed to score 100 or more points.
The most a Charlotte Bobcat has scored is 43, by Stephen Jackson. The most an opponent has scored is 58, by Kobe Bryant. The most a Charlotte Hornet scored is 44, by Larry Johnson. The most an opponent scored is 57, by Reggie Miller.
Some people compare Shaquille O'Neal to Wilt but if you look at old pictures of the 7-1 Chamberlain he was about two-thirds Shaq's width. Wilt was lean and fast and a tremendous athlete. The question is not whether he could play in the 2012 NBA. The question is who could stay with him.
Wilt scored 100 points on 63 field goal attempts, which is economical. He hit 28 of 32 free throws -- he shot even more than North Carolina's Tyler Zeller did Wednesday against Maryland -- and grabbed 25 rebounds and added two assists. Wilt was unselfish. He had two more assists than Tim Duncan had Wednesday against Chicago.
Wilt was an amazing man, a 7-footer in a time that there were few, and he moved with a small man's grace. Some athletes from the past would get buried if they tried to compete in their sport today. Wilt is not one of them.