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Video: NBA highlights of Hall of Famer Chet Walker

Sep 6, 2012, 2:19 AM EDT

Walker was one of the too-often overlooked guys on one of the early Super Teams — the late 1960s team in Philadelphia had Wilt Chamberlain, Billy Cunningham and Hal Greer. Yet, the unsung Walker averaged 18.2 points and 7.1 rebounds a game for his career, part of which was as a Bull in Chicago. Look at his similarity scores and Kevin McHale’s name pops up.

Nicknamed “Chet the Jet” he knew how to finish on the break but also could score in the half court. He knew how to draw fouls. He’s the kind of forward Mike D’Antoni would have loved.

He was an NBA champion and seven-time All Star, plus a three-time college AP All-American.

Walker will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame on Friday.

  1. paulhargis53 - Sep 6, 2012 at 8:03 AM

    The sad thing is 75% of the people on this site said, who?

    Most people think the NBA started around 1972.
    No sense of history, on anything, and that’s pretty sad.
    Congrats Jet, well deserved.

  2. usm418 - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Well said Paul. Chet was such a productive player and is largely overlooked.

  3. zblott - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Walker’s inclusion now makes 9 players who were former teammates of Wilt, all of whom he could have played next to longer if his teams didn’t hate him so much that they kept trading him for pennies on the dollars in his peak. It’s a shame he couldn’t be a better teammate and someone his coaches didn’t all hated and kept quitting because of (went through 9 in 13 years); he might have actually developed developed some chemistry and won a lot of titles.

    List in chronological order: Arizin, Gola, Thurmond, Greer, Walker, Cunningham, West, Baylor, Goodrich

  4. willcoop62 - Sep 6, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    He should have been enshrined long ago. Chet was the master of the head fake and drawing fouls underneath. Congrats #25!

  5. paulhargis53 - Sep 6, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    The only peer I’ve ever heard of not liking him was the thin skinned Jabbar.

    Russell and West speak glowingly of him.

    I’ve never read of any of his teammates disliking him.
    Coaches and owners? Different story.

    Have you read up on some of those old school coaches? They were pretty tough on players, unlike today.

    Wilt had an ego, what player doesn’t?

    You seem like a guy with an axe to grind with a guy who has been dead many years.

    It isn’t all Wilts fault, those Celtics team were a well oiled machine.

    Only an idiot would blame 1 guy.

    His salaries may have had a bit to do with the “pennies on the dollar” trades.

    Regardless, this is about the Jet. Go cry about Wilt somewhere else.
    His legacy is just fine.

    • zblott - Sep 6, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      Learn your history. The C’s were a well oiled machine because everyone kept their attitudes in check and understood how to keep the team at the center of all decisions and actions (think current Spurs). Considering Wilt was known to have the worst ego and Red Auerbach said he could not and would not ever have him on his team, this should tell you a lot about why his teams constantly had enough talent to be contenders yet were rarely champions.

      Congrats to guys like Walker who were great and had to deal with Wilt’s ish for the time they were stuck next to him. It’s a shame they couldn’t leave that situation as quickly and as easily as all the coaches who got away from him within a season or two.

  6. paulhargis53 - Sep 6, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Id forgive you your nonsense if the information wasn’t out there on the world wide web.

    Yep, in his younger days he was headstrong and immature. He changed partway through his career.
    He had run ins with coaches, but those are not all completely his fault.

    Read about it, don’t just use your own biased opinion. Why such a hardon for the guy anyway.

    I suggest you don’t know you’re history.
    Read the synopsis of each season. A lot of times there were injury issues to team mates, or lack of good players around him.
    You must be an old time Celtics fan, that’s bent out of shape because Russell is never in the discussion for best ever. Either that or you just hate greatness.

    More than likely, you just don’t know much. There is no excuse for that when the info is st your fingertips.

    Read Wilts wiki for starters. Guys like you never change though, you just want to a stubborn, ignorant fool.

    • zblott - Sep 7, 2012 at 2:24 AM

      You don’t know ish about basketball if you’re trying to tell me he became headstrong and mature throughout his career. You know how I can tell you don’t know anything? Because I actually read all of Wilt’s autobiographies. And those of his teammates and opponents from the era.

      The problem is that all of this info is indeed at our fingertips, and you cluelessly look past it. You think I should learn about the NBA in the 60’s from a Wiki written by guys born in the 80’s whose main view is shaped by his stats? You are unbelievably retarded if this is where you think fans should go to learn about the game when there are a ton of great books written by ACTUAL AUTHORS WHO DO ACTUAL RESEARCH available.

  7. willcoop62 - Sep 6, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Grew up watching that Bulls team with Sloan, Love, Van Lier, Boerwinkle and Chet, and I swear they looked like the Jazz of yesteryear. They ran that pick and roll to reflection with Van Lier distributing. As a NCAA Division 1 basketball official, I appreciate the old guys and how they played the game. The new kids have no sense of fundamentals anymore. As much as I love MJ, I told him he ruined the game to a degree. Everyone thought they could fly and forgot that the game has to be played at both ends. But MJ played both ends very well.

  8. paulhargis53 - Sep 7, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Listen dummy. No, wiki isn’t the greatest place to gather info in most cases. in this case, there are over 150 references where they gathered the info from. INCLUDING.2 of Wilts books among others you “supposedly” read.
    You stupidly throw out quotes about pennies on the dollar trades when in fact you don’t take into consideration of what those dollars were .$150000 in today’s dollars is 1.1 mil. Sf traded him because of financial troubles. You lie about why coaches left or were fired. Once you earned Wilts respect, he’d do battle for you. Some were fired because they were losin(Bob Feerick) Some because of new owners(McGuire)
    Some he didn’t like (Schayes,Sharman) because they were former rivals and had disparaged him.)
    After a 65 article that ripped on his peers, he became less egotistical, and Greer and Jackson became friends with him.

    I could go.on and on. Youre too obtuse to change your mind. The guy wasn’t perfect, but he isn’t the asshole you make him out to be.
    I will tell you this, ill trust the wiki over your memories of books you’ve read any day.
    You’ve got a lit of hatred for a man that’s been dead 13 years. What is wrong with you and your life?

    Russell speaks well of him. West said he was a great teammate. I’ll take their word.

    You know, a lot of peers disliked Jordan too, there’s books on what a jerk he was too.
    Try to have an open mind. I disliked Russell for years until I had to go back to school after losing a job. I did a research paper on him for a written comm class and garnered a deep respect for him and his abilities.
    You’re just a sheep that wants to believe all the bad things. Deep seated hatred, you ARE an old time Celts fan.
    I’m not debating you anymore. Anyone that types ish for shit is a pretentious tool. You’ve wasted too much of my time already.

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