Today in Sports History: July 9

In 1968, the Philadelphia 76ers traded Wilt Chamberlain to the Los Angeles Lakers. Chamberlain had won three straight MVP awards at the time of his trade but left Philly for Los Angeles when the 76ers couldn’t meet his pay raise demands. The Lakers gave up Jerry Chambers, Archie Clark, and Darrall Imhoff in exchange. 

As a Laker, Chamberlain continued to succeed and helped Los Angeles secure a 1972 championship win. He is the only player to average at least 30 points and 20 rebounds per game in a season, a feat which he accomplished seven times, and the only player to post a 100 point game. He amassed four MVP awards and two championships during his NBA career. He is enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame and was chosen as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996.

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