Season of the 76ers

The Story of Wilt Chamberlain and the 1967 NBA Champion Philadelphia 76ers

Wayne Lynch

Thomas Dunne Books

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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.

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Season of the 76ers
ONEThe Spirit of 76The NBA was a broken record from 1959 through 1966. In fact, instead of being called the National Basketball Association, it should have been renamed the National Boston Association. The Boston Celtics were the New York Yankees of professional basketball, winning 8 straight titles and 9 out of 10. Plain and simple, the Celtics were the NBA.But this book is not about the Boston Celtics. This book is about the man and the team that finally beat Boston when nobody, nowhere, nohow, thought it could be done.The man was Wilt Chamberlain.

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Wayne Lynch

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.

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Season of the 76ers
The Story of Wilt Chamberlain and the 1967 NBA Champion Philadelphia 76ers
Wayne Lynch

Hardcover

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
February 2002
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312282776
ISBN10: 031228277X
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 320 pages, Plus one 16-page b&w photo insert
$24.95

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
February 2002
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429977135
ISBN10: 1429977132
320 pages
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