One thing Wilt Chamberlain had to prove was that he was better than the players of his later generations, especially the centers that, in his opinion, could not fit his shoes or Bill Russell. Chamberlain never used words to talk about other players and to prove why he is better than them.
However, his favorite victim was none other than GOAT, Michael Jordan, who caught everyone’s attention when he entered the league. Wilt didn’t like all the flowers MJ got for his game, and he never missed a chance to dissuade him and remind people that he did what Jordan did before.
During an old interview, Wilt claimed that he would have beaten Jordan during his prime, saying he was willing to put money on the table to prove it (2:36).
“I know basketball is a team sport and you’ve already made Michael No. 1, but if you want Michael, my Prime and his Prime vs. Wilt, how much money can you bet?”
Moreover, he did not think that Jordan, as fast and strong as he was in his prime, could not have survived in Chamberlain’s time, for everyone would have tried to humiliate him if they had seen his brilliant plays.
“He’s like 6-foot-7 and 197 pounds. What we call our domain, paint for the big guys for us, if he had been playing in our time we wouldn’t have been so wise about Michael. Get out, that’s fine. “
Wilt was never afraid to speak his mind, and this time he was no exception. He was very confident about his chances against Airness, but unfortunately, we never got to see this duel on the court. Chamberlain was something different, as he showed in his best years. He set many records that were impossible to break and dominated the game like no other.
He took shots at Jordan more than once and claimed he would have no mercy on MJ. Still, there were other plans for these two in Dad’s time, and we never got to see the duel between Chamberlain and Jordan.