Wilt Chamberlain wins $5 bet by making 4 straight hook shots from the 3 point line

Published on November 20th, 2012 by Astramskas, David | 6,618 views

Great video from a 1972 Lakers documentary showing the great Wilt Chamberlain and John Trapp making a small bet of $5 (considering inflation that’s only about a $27 bet) that Wilt couldn’t hit a 4th hook shot from the 3 point line.  Now I would say that’s a safe bet against any other human but we are talking about Wilt here and there’s no stat or accomplishment that shocks me about him.  If he can hit over 20k of a certain stat then I believe he can hit 4 of these.

Back to the money topic, if you are thinking about how much a current player (remember Gilbert Arenas & DeShawn Stevenson shooting it out for $20k – below) would bet on this, keep in mind that Wilt signed with the Lakers for $250k (approx $1.5 million today).  Craziest thing about that was the controversy because the 2nd highest paid Laker was Jerry West at $100k before taxes.




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