Sunday, March 13, 2011

Love has a long way to go to catch Wilt

This is no way to break a record!!

Seems like many people, particularly folks in Minnesota, keep talking about how Kevin Love broke the NBA record for most consecutive double-doubles last Wednesday when he recorded his 52nd.

Well it’s not true. He may hold the record for the most consecutive double-doubles since the NBA and the ABA merged in 1976. But he will have to wait a long time for “real” record.

Remember a guy they used to call “Wilt The Stilt?’

Well the 7-1 Wilt Chamberlain has a record that seems safer than Joe D’s 56-game consecutive hit streak.

The Elias Sports Bureau points out that the real record for NBA consecutive double-double games is 227 set by Chamberlain. He also had a streak of 220 and another of 133 during his career.

Ignoring Chamberlain’s record is like not counting Babe Ruth’s home runs and no one would dare do that.

Chamberlain averaged a double-double for all 14 of his seasons; Bill Russell did it in 12 of his 13 seasons, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for 12 seasons and Elgin Baylor nine seasons.

So those folks in Minnesota may love Love, but you can’t erase history. You have a nice player up there, but let’s be real.

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