Over the years, I’ve heard some pretty crazy stories about legendary center Wilt Chamberlain but this one that came courtesy of University of Memphis head coach Josh Pastner is an epic one.
Recently, Pastner was in the Philadelphia-area to take face Temple University and one story that caught the eye of The 700 Level’s Nick Menta was this story about Pastner’s father (who used to be a ballboy for the 76ers when Wilt was playing) and Wilt’s fear of in-game poisoning:
My father was the ball boy for the 76ers for many, many years, and he and Wilt Chamberlain were very close. … And Wilt Chamberlain always felt somebody was trying to get him on timeouts with assassination through drinking. And he drank 7-Up or Sprite, one of the two. And my dad always had to taste it before Wilt– He made my father drink it before [he] would taste it to make sure my dad didn’t conk out.But Wilt took care of my father. They always went around. Like my dad said, he never had a front seat; Wilt sat in the back when he was driving because his legs were so long.
It was also noted that Pastner believes that his father might have taped Wilt’s infamous 100-point game (which to this day has no video footage):
And in fact, my father and his father taped the game reel-to-reel in the second quarter when it was in Hershey, Pennsylvania in the 100-point game. They started when he had like 30-something; they thought it was going to be a special night. They gave it to Wilt — the 100-point game — and Wilt gave it back to my dad and my dad’s dad. He gave it back to them, they boxed it up, and he’s still trying to find it. He’s got all kinds of boxes, and he doesn’t know if he lost it. He’s trying to find the sucker. … I mean he’s got jerseys of Wilt, pictures.
Wilt image courtesy of Getty Images