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    Billy Cunningham,Wayne Lynch
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    Thomas Dunne Books; 1st edition (February 21, 2002)
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Games alone do not tell the entire story of a championship season.

Games alone do not tell the entire story of a championship season.

During the All-Star break in 1965, the Philadelphia 76ers traded for the awesome talent of Wilt Chamberlain. Although the team finished the season with a 40-40 record, they pushed the defending champion Boston Celtics to a seventh game in the Eastern Division Finals. That seventh game came right down to the wire. With the score 110-109 in Boston’s favor, Philadelphia was inbounding the ball with just moments left. Hal Greer tossed the ball in toward Chet Walker when Boston’s super Sixth Man, John Havlicek, intercepted the pass and batted it toward Sam Jones. With that, Havlicek stole the ball.

Season of the 76ers, The Story of Wilt Chamberlain and the 1967 NBA Champion . Season of the 76ers - Wayne Lynch.

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. Season of the 76ers makes the strong case that they are the best NBA team of all time.

Season of the 76ers book. 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. Destroying a dynasty  . 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 c Destroying a dynasty.

The Philadelphia 76ers, often referred to as the "Sixers", are an American professional basketball team based in Philadelphia. The Sixers play in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). In sixty-six NBA seasons, the franchise has played in the NBA Finals nine times and won three NBA championships. The Sixers have the third-highest victory total and third most playoff appearances in NBA history.

The Philadelphia 76ers (also commonly known as the Sixers) are an American professional basketball team based in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. The 76ers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Atlantic Division and play at Wells Fargo Center. Founded in 1946 and originally known as the Syracuse Nationals, they are one of the oldest franchises in the NBA, and one of only eight (out of 23) to survive the league's first decade.

That was the mission of Wilt Chamberlain and 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers.

1967 NBA Finals Warriors vs. 76ers. 1966 Finals 1968 Finals. League Champion: Philadelphia 76ers. 1967 Playoff Leaders: PTS: Rick Barry (521). TRB: Wilt Chamberlain (437). AST: Wilt Chamberlain (135). WS: Wilt Chamberlain (. ). Support us without the ads? Go Ad-Free.

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Destroying a dynasty.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.

Nanecele
Overall, this book held a wealth of information that just isn't available elsewhere without delving through old newspaper. I enjoyed the first eight chapters, as they contain a pretty straightforward recap of the formation of the team, the actual season, and how the team eventually was broken apart. This book only gets three stars from me because of the dismissive way the author speaks of all other basketball teams that have ever existed. The 1966-67 76ers were a great team, and since the author is writing the book, it is his say in the end whether he felt they were the greatest. But the method that he takes to get to that conclusion is specious at best.

Also, the author contends that in 1983 the 76ers were the first team to beat Boston in a seventh game in the Boston Garden. Actually, the Knicks were the first team to do this, en route to their second title in 1973.
Itiannta
I ordered this (it's been 5 years, now) for a big 40th Anniversary party I was throwing for my parents. I ordered several older magazines and books from the era for the guests to browse through.

This was a big hit with the sports fans who were at the party.
The book was in good shape and it was passed around and looked at a lot.
Dishadel
Very good book..especially if you were a 76ers fan or grew up in Philly during that era. It also shows you that Wilt was THE GREATEST basketball player ever!
Quinthy
Condition as advertised and quick delivery of book. Thanks!
Arashigore
As a lifelong 76er fan, the 1967 season fulfilled a lifelong dream to win it all. It was total domination for one of the best teams in NBA history.
Otrytrerl
Not quite as good as I was expecting. A bit laboured and slightly repetitive in parts.
breakingthesystem
OK, I had my doubts reading some of these reviews here but don't let that sway you. This is a tremendous book. First of all, writing is always better when someone loves their subject and Wayne Lynch is obviously a real fan in love with the Sixers. The first three chapters alone are worth getting this book to learn how the Sixers came to be and to get the scoop on Wilt Chamberlan's move back to Philly from the Bay Area.

The only weak part of the book is the '66/67 regular season itself as your eyes and brain tend to gloss over that but once the playoffs start, it's pretty decent reportage. The best part I loved was the comparison to other "great" NBA teams' seasons. I thought this was spot on and provided plenty of fuel for debate. The post-championship chapter and the stuff on where the players are now plus their bios make this book a tour de force.

It's well worth spending any amount of dough on this as I learned a lot about a team and an era that was just before my time. I was most curious about guys like Hal Greer (whom I never saw play) and Chet Walker (whom I only knew from his Bulls' days having no idea he had won a title) and learned a lot gaining newfound respect for those NBA greats.
Entering the 1966-1967 season, Wilt Chamberlain was at the crossroads of his storied NBA career.

Criticized by many inside and outside the NBA as being a selfish player who only cares about his scoring statistics - at the expense of team honors - a frustrated Chamberlain publicly lashed out at players, coaches and league officials in an April 1965 interview in Sports Illustated, entitled, My Life In A Bush League.

But one season later, Chamberlain seemingly revamped his game - notching MVP honors by leading the league in scoring and rebounds, but also ranking third in assists and playing a tenacious defense - as the Philadelphia 76ers put together arguably the greatest NBA season ever by winning regular season 68 of 81 games enroute to the championship, defeating the San Francisco Warriors in six games.

To put the regular season in perspective, the 76ers captured the Eastern Division by eight games over Boston and would have won the Western Division by 24 games over San Francisco.

In a flawed account of the season, author Wayne Lynch places the focus on Chamberlain, though what coach Alex Hannum assembled proved to be a historic lineup of talent, which included Chet Walker, Hal Greer, Wali Jones, Billy Cunningham and Lucious Jackson.

Lynch relies heavily on game-by-game accounts and fails to breath life into the statistics through oral histories or previous accounts by 76er players and opponents. He sacrifices what could have been truly an outstanding overview for just the facts surrounding jump shots, rebounds and layups.

Games alone do not tell the entire story of a championship season. And without a perspective from the hardwood floor and locker room, the stats overwhelm a text that essentially is without the sweat and heart of a team.