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Wilt Chamberlain was much, much taller than his 4th grade classmates (photo)


NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain, the man who once scored 100 points in a single game (and boasted of bedding 20,000 women, but that’s another story altogether — preferably aired after hours on Cinemax), was well on his way to basketball greatness — or at least the tallness aspect of it — all the way back when he was in the 4th grade.

Can you pick him out? Of course you can. It’s like a “Where’s Waldo?” for halfwits.

The above photo, taken at Brooks Elementary School in 1945 when Chamberlain was only 10 years old. Apparently, the “Wilt the Stilt” moniker already was an appropriate nickname for the young man at such an early age.

One biography asserts that Wilt — who would have turned 77 years old on Wednesday (he passed away in 1999 at the age of 63) already had sprung up to an astonishing six-feet tall when this photo was snapped and that he was a mind-blowing 6-foot-11 when he entered high school.

Chamberlain ultimately filled out and grew to a height of 7-foot-1 by the time he entered in the NBA in 1959 after being drafted by the Philadelphia Warriors.

But the image of him dwarfing his elementary school classmates all those years ago simply defies comprehension.

[H/T Prep Rally, image via @si_vault)