When it comes to GOAT talk, Michael Jordan is the first name to come up. But for him, it was Magic, it was Kareem, and before anyone else, and it was Withering.
It’s easy to forget just how good Chamberlain was, and it’s even easier to discredit his accomplishments because of the era he played in. But, make no mistake about it: wilt Chamberlain in the GOAT conversation. As a 13x All-Star, 7x Scoring Champ, 4x MVP, 2x NBA Champion, and he’s got a lot to show for his career. For more than 15 seasons, he’s averaged 30.1 points and 22.9 rebounds per game.
At his peak, he was so dominant that the LEAGUE literally had to change the rules to get him to slow down, much like the 1956 to the rule that prohibits players from crossing the plane of the free throw line until the ball hits the rim or goes through the basket. Things like that have been made since the Fade was much stronger and faster than anyone else, they also need to have a way to get him to slow down.
In fact, according to Isiah Thomas, Will himself alluded to this fact in a chat with Jordan about the fact that the she-GOAT.
“Will said to Jordan,” The difference between me and you is that they had to change the rules, so I wasn’t able to dominate. They changed the rules in front of you, so that you should be able to dominate.'”
@IsiahThomas shares of wilt Chamberlain ‘ s arguments for why it should be considered as the GOAT pic.twitter.com/wClYVrmRfU
The Association, on FOX (@TheAssociation) April 26, 2020
It’s no secret that the NBA wanted to protect MJ in the mid 90’s. When he spoke of how rough the Pistons, the national basketball association (NBA virtually forced to have a physical playstyle. He was (and is) they crowned the king’s son, and what he was likely to be done within the CS community.
Will not be at exactly the same level of popularity at the time. In fact, it’s fair to say that the league executives didn’t like the way he has dominated his opponents so easily. You can draw your own conclusions as to why.
The point is, you actively try to have slowed down. The same cannot be said for MJ.