That was the mission of Wilt Chamberlain and 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers.
For eight straight years, the Boston Celtics had dominated the National Basketball Association. Each and every season during that stretch, a new NBA championship flag was hoisted to the top of the hallowed ...
That was the mission of Wilt Chamberlain and 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers.
For eight straight years, the Boston Celtics had dominated the National Basketball Association. Each and every season during that stretch, a new NBA championship flag was hoisted to the top of the hallowed Boston Garden. No team had been able to stop them. Nobody thought any team could or would.
Season of the 76ers, The Story of Wilt Chamberlain and the 1967 NBA Champion Philadelphia 76ers, chronicles the unprecedented, record-setting championship journey of the team that finally stopped the Celtics and became the new kings of the NBA. It tells the story of the legendary Chamberlain's personal triumph over Boston and their leader, Bill Russell, arch rivals who had annually thwarted Chamberlain's championship dreams and had left him branded a loser.
But Chamberlain couldn't defeat the Celtics alone. He was reunited with fiery and focused Coach Alex Hannum, the only NBA coach ever to have beaten Boston for the championship. He was surrounded by the best supporting cast of his career: Hal Greer and Chet Walker, two talented offensive stars transplanted from a bygone NBA franchise; Luke Jackson, the league's first true power forward; Billy Cunningham, a sixth man loaded with instant energy and offense; Wally Jones and Larry Costello, a pair of basketball reclamation projects; and, Matty Guokas and Bill Melchionni, a couple of hometown rookies.
Chamberlain remade his game, forsaking his own incredible scoring prowess in favor of handing out assists to teammates. In turn, the 76ers remade basketball history, rocketing to an unmatched 46-4 record out of the gate and not stopping until they reached 68-13, a regular season mark never previously achieved in NBA history--or even imagined back then.
The book gives fans a fascinating, month-by-month look at the team's amazing season, a season that also saw Chamberlain pursued by both a rival basketball league and the heavyweight boxing champion of the world. It also recounts in vivid, play-by-play detail one of the most historic playoff series in the annals of the NBA.
s20The 76ers battled the Celtics again in a much-anticipated post-season confrontation. But this time the results would be different. Amid chants of "Boston is dead" from the long-suffering, Celtics-hating fans at Philadelphia's Convention Hall, the 76ers won the series quickly and decisively. They went on to defeat sharp-shooting Rick Barry and the San Francisco Warriors for the NBA title.
In 1995, the 76ers took their place among the top ten teams in NBA history. Season of the 76ers makes the strong case that they are the best NBA team of all time. Packed with pictures, playoff box scores, and reproductions of the 76ers' championship yearbook, the book is not only the biography of a great team, it is a fun- and fact-filled sports collectible.
The NBA's 2001-2002 season marks the 35th anniversary of that special "Season of the 76ers"--a fitting time to relive this team's unforgettable achievements.
Wayne Lynch recounts the thrilling 1967 season that saw the 76ers end the Celtic's NBA domination. Season of the 76ers focuses on the unstoppable Wilt Chamberlain, who was reunited with coach Alex Hannum and teamed up with players like Luke Jackson and Hal Greer.
Lynch gives a near play-by-play account of the nail-biting season when the Sixers finally ended the Boston Celtics' eight-year winning streak in this sentimental but sometimes stirring hagiography of the team and their coach, Alex Hannum. The subtitle is apt, for Chamberlain dominates the book as he dominated the game; the rest of the story, though well-researched and competently told, seems a little thin in comparison. The most captivating sections are those that describe how the team was put together after this, the narrative blurs into a series of plays, games and scores that become numbing in spite of Lynch's clipped, dramatic prose and copious dialogue drawn from press accounts and interviews that he conducted over the last few years with team members and coaches. Lynch, vice-president of news and programming for NewsChannel 8 in Springfield, Va., is an adamant Sixers fan, a position that may alienate certain readers while endearing him to the other fans of the team who are likely to read this book. Enthusiasts of NBA history and Chamberlain should also find something here to hold their attention. 18 pages of photos not seen by PW. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Using numerous sources, including personal interviews, Lynch chronicles what some say was the greatest season in the National Basketball Association's history in this interesting tale of the 1966-67 Philadelphia team, which, according to Lynch, personified power basketball. They were virtually unbeatable as led by the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Hal Greer, Chet Walker, Wally Jones, and Billy Cunningham, who incidentally wrote the foreword. The author, a self-proclaimed 76ers fanatic, is the Emmy Award-winning vice president of news and programming for NewsChannel 8 in Springfield, VA. The work features 16 photos, appendixes of Chamberlain's records, and pages from the 1967-68 Philadelphia team's yearbook. Not a necessary purchase for public libraries, but buy where demand warrants, especially in the Philadelphia area. Larry R. Little, Penticton P.L., BC Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
The Philadelphia 76ers' one big year with Wilt Chamberlain at the helm, told with a fan's fervid passion by a Virginia-based TV journalist. By the mid-1960s, the Boston Celtics were turning professional basketball into a one-note song. But every year, as Lynch remembers vividly from his youth, the Philadelphia 76ers, led by their enormously talented center Chamberlain, came close in the eastern championships. Lynch charges his story of the 1966-67 season with the spirit of a teenager watching in utter joy as his home team took down the giant. (He also has a tendency to write in a hasty, don't-look-back style, like a kid not wanting to recheck his test before handing it in.) Profiling the 76ers' other players-Luke Jackson, Dave Gambee, Hal Greer, Billy Cunningham-he offers nuggets from their careers that never quite gel into portraits but serve well enough as quick sketches to fill the spaces around Chamberlain, who emerges as a literal and figurative giant. Lynch also provides good material on the evolution of the 76ers as a team and of basketball in general, complete with comparisons between the fame-and-money-driven game of today and the sport of yore, when a player might buy himself a car with his signing bonus but be told by the coach to make sure he drove the veterans to practice. The majority of these pages are given over to a near blow-by-blow recounting of the season, how Chamberlain had shifted his game from one-man juggernaut to team pivot, the showdown between two powerful teams and the two greatest big men (Chamberlain vs. Boston's Bill Russell), and the taking down, if only for a season, of the Celtics' dynasty. Not a Bulls threepeat, nor a Celtics nine-of-ten championshipseasons, but Lynch makes it feel just as glorious and a piece of pure justice for Chamberlain. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)
Wayne Lynch became a fan of the Philadelphia 76ers in the mid-1960s as a teenager growing up in Pittsburgh. He started a small scrapbook about the team back then, but it was not until more than three decades later that he decided to tell the full story of the 1967 championship team he loved so much. Mr. Lynch is a longtime television journalist who is now Vice President of News and Programming at Newschannel 8, the 24-hour cable news service for greater Washington, D.C. He lives with his wife, Karen, in northern Virginia. His son, Matthew, lives and works in Philadelphia.