Last week I published an excerpt from Roland Lazenby’s upcoming biography of Lakers great Jerry West. The snippet detailed sexual activity by the Lakers during the Showtime era - which was headlined by Magic Johnson. Lazenby has a fascinating follow on his blog today that expounds on the sexual proclivities of the Lakers and the NBA at large.
Though you should definitely read the entire blog post, I’ll highlight something I found interesting. In Lazenby’s piece, former longtime LOS ANGELES HERALD-EXAMINER Lakers beat writer Doug Krikorian completely debunks Wilt Chamberlain’s claim that he slept with 20,000 women.
Doug, who is a friend of mine, actually doesn’t just debunk the myth, he obliterates it with “firsthand” knowledge. And Doug is as credible as they get. Read more…
First of all, an aside - has it really been a decade since Wilt Chamberlain passed away? Really. Damn. 10 years and a day. Luckily, just as Chamberlain seemed larger than life, so too do many of his accomplishments stand longer than his life. What’s that? Oh, we’re talking about basketball, of course. You… you’re not still thinking about the tens of thousands of women he conquered, are you?
(Doesn’t it kind of look like two people doing it? No? Okay, we’re stretching on that one.)
Well, just as the record books focus on his on-court activities, his old house still stands as a monument to his off-court persona. It’s not all the same, of course, but even the current owner - a Russian transplant who had never even heard of Chamberlain - still preserving some details of the house in honor of the most prolific ladyslayer of our time.
Wilt Chamberlain set a bunch of NBA records while playing in the league. He set a scoring record with 100 points in a single game, is the league’s all-time leading rebounder, and was the league’s all-time leading scorer when he retired. Still, the number Wilt put up that has earned him more admiration from men around the world than any other was the 20,000 women he claims to have slept with. Unfortunately for Wilt, it appears that there’s somebody else who has been even more successful with the ladies during his lifetime.
Apparently when Fidel Castro isn’t busy suggesting that more athletes should kick officials in the face, he’s got his hands full with the fairer sex. There’s a documentary on the Cuban dictator coming out soon, and in it we find out that Fidel shattered Wilt’s mark of 20,000.
It’s going to be fun Wednesday night, when Shaq’s first game under the Suns will be a showdown against his old teammates from Tinseltown. And the Big Cactus had some prickly words for a couple of Lakers greats.
The LOS ANGELES TIMES reports that O’Neal had nothing but kind comments for the current edition of the Lake Show on Tuesday - calling Kobe Bryant “the best player in the league” and flattering Phil Jackson a “jokester.” So, who did he go after?
Would you believe Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain? Read more…