WILT CHAMBERLAIN THE G.O.A,T
THE TEAM: JULIUS ‘DR J’ IRVING-WILT ‘THE STILT’ CHAMBERLAIN-ELGIN BAYLOR-JERRY WEST-MICHAEL’MJ’ JORDAN-GUS ‘HONEYCONE’ JOHNSON-KAREEM ADUL JABBAR-EARL ‘THE PEARL’ MONROE AND KOBE BRYANT
COACHES: RED AUERBACH & GREG POPOVICH
“NO HE SAY SHE SAY” ALLOWED–EYE WITNESS ACCOUNTS ONLY!
Michael White (FB) said, “If you are in DC find Harold Bell, he’s a walking history book.”
Michael, thanks, too many of these so-called know it all experts claiming to be historians don’t have a clue. Why did I choose Wilt as the G. O. A. T.? He led the league in every statistical category at sometime in his great career (scoring, rebounds, assist, FGP, etc). Name one other player to accomplish that feat! Russell and Magic were great but they could only make my team as subs. We have to be very careful about who is telling OUR history not only in February but through out the year. My motto “If you saw something say something.”
Maurice Stewart, started an interesting and enlightening conversation recently on Face Book and then my friend Aaron Snowell (Boxing Hall of Fame) and other associates were asking the question, “Harold when are you going to write something on Kobe?” My emotions were all over the place with his untimely demise. I didn’t know where to start—to be honest!
My Kobe Bryant experience all started when I met Kobe’s father Joe Bryant. Joe was playing for the 76ers. I was introduced to him by my mentor, Philly legendary player/broadcaster Sonny Hill. Joe’s nicknamed was ‘Jellybean’. He was playing in the Sonny Hill/John Chaney, Summer Basketball League when I drove up to Philly with several of my young men from the Hillcrest Saturday Program. Kobe had just been born because ‘Jellybean’ was handing out cigars just before a game. When he offered me one I said, “Joe I don’t smoke”! He said, “OK I ain’t mad.” I didn’t realize at the time it was just a symbolic gesture.
I met Kobe either his rookie year or the following year at the Capitol Centre in Landover, Md. I introduced myself saying I was a friend of Sonny Hill. His response, “That is my mentor, you cool.” For the rest of his NBA career we were like passing ships in the night, but he would see me and say “Whats up my brother?” I am sure he didn’t remember my name, but he always had a smile.
During my sports talk show career starting in 1972 I have only interviewed a handful of players in a NBA locker room. I can name them, Dr. J (Fatty Taylor), Iceman (Fatty Taylor), Wilt (Carl Greene) and George McGinnis (Sonny Hill). I have never interviewed Wes Unseld, Elvin Hayes, or Phil Chenier, etc. The reason; I was a eyewitness to too many dumb questions being asked by dumb-ass writers and sportscasters. I have alway refused to be a part of that charade.
I am a happy camper that I had a front-row seat to Kobe’s amazing NBA career. In a recent appearance of The Round Ball Report, a TV Cable television show devoted to basketball in Landover, Md, I was asked by the host and Executive Producer Andrew Dyer, where did I place Kobe among the All-Time NBA greats?
Kobe is in my top 10 of NBA greats of All-Time. He would be my Sixth Man off the bench.
My Head Coach, Red Auerbach / Assistant Coach Gregg Popovich
Kobe’s friend and former NBA player Caron Butler gave the best testimony I heard on Kobe being a true friend. He said, Kobe was someone who was always looking to give and never expecting anything in return (aka Muhammad Ali). He was not perfect by any means, but he dedicated his life after the NBA to his community and family, PRICELESS.
Noteworthy: Great players dictate changes in the game to compensate for them being better than all the rest—meet Wilt Chamberlain. Another Example; The Simone Biles’ Rule. This young lady is being penalized for being better than all the rest. Wake up everybody!
RIP Willie Wood