It wasn’t a record-setter but LeBron James’ 48-point superhuman effort in Game five of the NBA Eastern finals brings up memories of other historic moments–like Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game. What happened to the ball?
It’s the most inconic single-game performance in NBA history. Long before the days of 82-game TV schedules, the winter night in Hershey, Pennsylvania when Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points has become the stuff of legend. Less than 5,000 people saw the game and fewer still thought to grab a keepsake.
The biggest souvenir of all is the ball Wilt put in the hoop so many times that night. Short of having any markings, the ball’s whereabouts are shrouded in mystery. Was it recently sold at auction or did it bounce back into the ball rack, a forgotten relic of time?
The ball is one of a short list of ‘most wanted’ items in basketball and hockey that collectors and auction houses have long been searching for.
A ball purported to be from the 100-point game was sold seven years ago, but may have been the ball used after Wilt had reached 100.