How tall is Wilt Chamberlain - Page 2

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7ft 1.11in (216.2cm)
benjaminfzba said on 14/Aug/07
In Kareem's second season with the buck's he was measured at 7'1 5/8''
barefooted at training camp according to the book i have from 1970
Viper said on 7/Aug/07
It would be amazing If Glenn got a picture of Calvin.
Massimo said on 7/Aug/07
Oh Calvin Lane, he is a bit of a hero for (or to) me! He is 7'5" 1/2, 425 pounds with a black belt in karate. He also fought several fights (in the heavyweight division, I guess)as an amateur and won all of them by KO. He should be a wrestler, not a bouncer. He would beat anybody's ass in the street. He would scare the hell out of Mitch " Blood" Green!
Viper said on 6/Aug/07
Jason, what about Calvin Lane, the world biggest bouncer.
Dunken said on 6/Aug/07
any basketball player, regardless of size, would get eaten alive by a professional boxer.

they couldn't even use their reach advantage, since it would be negated by the boxer superior footwork and head movement.

Ali by brutal KO, round 1.
Jason said on 6/Aug/07
I wouldn't write Wilt off too easily. He was 290lbs and a tough mutha. He could also beat some football speedsters in a foot race.
Anonymous said on 6/Aug/07
Massimo, Wilt would not have lasted a few rounds. He wouldn't have been able to land a glove on Ali and the first punch Ali landed would have sent Wilt into orbit. A basketball player no matter how big would have as much chance aganist a heavyweight champion as would a chess grandmaster. If you look at youtube there is a film of the pair of them being interviewed as a promotion for the proposed fight. Wilt is much taller but while Ali is playful and keen to get things on Wilt appears terrified. At one point Wilt sets his hands up to get ready to throw a punch but Ali knocks them aside with ease and with lightning speed.
Massimo said on 5/Aug/07
I think against Wilt Ali's jab would have been ineffective and Cassius Marcellus was not a huge puncher, so probably Chamberlain would have lasted a few rounds. But Muhammad was just too good and fast and would have easily outboxed Wilt and eventually stopped him. Anyway I heard that Wilt was very strong, so he probably could punch pretty hard. Of course Ali' could take one hell of a punch. I don't know how good Wilt's chin was (probably Wilt himself didn't know that!). However George Foreman would have taken Wilt's head off in about 40s!
Anonymous said on 5/Aug/07
The funniest story about this guy was the time he was supposed to fight Muhammad Ali. Chamberlain may have been bigger but it would have been a kamaikaze mission. Who dou you think would win a fight? Basketball player or the greatest heavyweight champion of all time. It would be like a matchup between a tiger and a sheep. It was serious as well with contracts about to be signed before Chamberlain came to his senses and realised the insanity of what he was about to get himself into.
Massimo said on 2/Jul/07
Wilt used to say he was 7'1" 1/16 but I have some doubt that he was a full 7'1". Jabbar always looked taller than him ( and I have sometimes seen Kareem listed as 7'1".
Theboyfromoldtown said on 26/Jun/07
In the photo you can see that Wilt is standing on a slight raised platform. Take a look at the level of his feet compared to Andre and Arnie. No doubting though that these where two very tall men. I'd say Arnie is 6ft right on. stars always add 2" or so to their heights. Arnie is one of my hero's as I body build, but I have never seen him look so small, I had to take a double look at the photo!
pop said on 12/May/07
Wilt is the most powerful basketball center who ever lived.
Arjun said on 8/May/07
AHHHHH .... memories of a couple months ago when I still believed in a 7 foot peak Andre.
lillo thomas said on 4/May/07
gonzalo any 7'1 guy is freaking tall in the pic below looks like 11-12 inch
Gramps said on 3/May/07
Gonzalo: not a great photo of Ali and Foreman back then, but the best I could find:
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Gramps said on 3/May/07
Yes, 6'3". George Foreman was listed as 6'4" in the 1970s but Ali looked virtually the same height during their "Rumble in the Jungle."
Gonzalo said on 2/May/07
Gramps, I am shocked. wilt looks freaking tall. how tall was Ali? 6`3?
Arjun said on 1/May/07
Yeah Halb. I'm now starting to doubt Wilt's full 7'1". Kareem was 7'2" max (actually Vegas brought out a 7'1 3/8" measurement from someplace) , so Wilt could be more 7'0.5" or even closer to 7'0" in 1984, as Kareem looks clearly taller, more than an inch in that pic. I can't see him under 7'0" though.
Gramps said on 1/May/07
If both were standing straight, back to back, how much taller would Wilt be? 11"? 12" ???
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Halb said on 1/May/07
Only an inch Arjun? There wa a pic posted on Andre's page where Kareem looked more than 1 inch taller than Wilt.
Viper said on 29/Apr/07
So the "strong 6-9" that Ewing said maybe right after all.
Anonymous said on 28/Apr/07
Mutombo is 7'1 whic would put Ewing around 6'9-6'10
Viper said on 25/Mar/07
Ewing admits to being a strong 6-9 Ed. I know that may be hard to beleive but, why would he lie?
Aussie Bloke said on 24/Mar/07
I love that pic with Arnie, it really makes you go WOW!!!! those guys are FRIGHTENINGLY TALL, living in Aus the average height of a bloke is bout 5ft9, so when you see any bloke thats 6ft4 you are stunned. TO actually be 7ft1, quite amusing actually, isn't it!
Ed said on 14/Mar/07
Arjun, it's funny you mentioned Ewing because when I met the guy it felt like the way Arnold looks in the photo. I was wearing trainers and was probably 6ft0.5 maybe a bit more, and I'm pretty sure my head was below his shoulders, which by the way were massively wide. I'm not sure of Ewing's height, but I want to say 7ft. Anyways, 7ft1.06 which is very near to 7ft2 would make sense. This would put Andre at or around the 6ft11 mark.
Arjun said on 13/Mar/07
I think the Wilt pic definitely proves that Andre was taller than 6'9", as there is no way in the world that Wilt could have 4 inches on him even after accounting for shoes, camera etc. Andre was very close to 6'11" in this pic I'd say, and I believe he may have just scraped 7'0" at peak, in his younger days when he was much lighter.
Arjun said on 13/Mar/07
Wilt was legit 7'1" peak though, I don't think many will argue with that. I don't think he downgraded himself though, Kareem Abdul Jabbar always looked a solid inch taller than him. Kareem was 7'2" or thereabouts at peak.
Arjun said on 13/Mar/07
Ed, Andre's head is much bigger than Wilt's, so you can't compare shoulders there. Wilt's head is barely 10 inches (he has a tiny head for his height, in the pic with Shaq and Ewing, his head looks even smaller than Shaq's) while Andre's is easily 12 inches. Even taking into account camera angles, I still think Andre is max 1.5" or so shorter than Wilt, so maybe 2.5" or 3" after taking into account footwear. Andre was likely wearing boots so that he would look taller next to a guy like Wilt. But Wilt does'nt look over 7'1" to me, he is barely taller than Shaq in their pic, and Shaq himself is only 7'0" max according to me. Also, since the pic is taken from such a high level, it disfavours Arnold making him look shorter. Arnie was taller than 6' at peak, I think around 6'1" definitely. Wilt is supposed to be a foot taller, you can't expect Arnold to not look dwarfed compared to those two.
Ed said on 22/Feb/07
Arjun in the b&w pic, to me Andre looks considerably closer to the camera than Wilt, as opposed to the color photo in which he looks a little closer, it looks like they shifted a bit. Arnold looks to me to come to Andre's shoulder line, as opposed to Wilt where he's below it. I think Andre was at least 2-3inches shorter than wilt in these pics. I see Andre at 6ft11-7ft, and Wilt at 7ft2 at least. And possibly Arnold was only 6ft making Wilt about 14inches taller, and Andre 11-12. By the way I'm curious where do you get 2.5" shoes for Andre, I saw some mention of cowboy boots is that why?
Arjun said on 20/Feb/07
Ed, look at the black and white pic where Andre has his head raised instead of looking down at Arnie. 4 inches shorter than Wilt??? Not even an inch, barely a half inch, and the camera does'nt significantly favour either. If Wilt was 7'3" or more then Andre was easily 7'1"+ even though his footwear is likely bigger. Nope, Andre 6'11" and Wilt 7'1" looks right if you assume that Andre has (say) 2.5" boots and Wilt standard 1" shoes. And not everyone agrees on 6'11" for Andre at this point in time. And Arnie looks about 12 inches ( one foot exactly) shorter than Wilt to me. Don't make the common mistake of inflating already large height differences. How? Andre and Wilt look basically the same height, Arnie makes it just past Andre's chin, and Andre's head was around 12" or just over so, about 12 inches difference. Why does'nt Arnie make it to Wilt's chin? Because Wilt's head is TINY compared to Andre's! Arnie is only maybe a couple inches below Wilt's chin. And Wilt's head is only 10 inches, that can be verified by the fact that his head looks no bigger than Shaq's or Kareem's. So Wilt 7'1", Andre 6'11" (assuming bigger footwear) and Arnie 6'1" (assuming same footwear as Wilt).
lillo thomas said on 20/Feb/07
wow in the pic with wilt arnold look very short 5'10 -5'11.
that pic proves that arnold was never a tall guy
. When people see him taller is with lifts.
6'1 and 6'2 is the most probable that arnold is wearing lifts.
Viper652 said on 20/Feb/07
Arnold looks 5-11 in that pic Ed. Its actually great evidence for people who beleive Arnold is 5-10.
Ed said on 19/Feb/07
That pic of Arnie,Andre,and Wilt is hysterical! I can't see how Arnold was 6ft2 then and Wilt only 11 inches taller. He honestly looks 7ft3 or more to me, and Andre is looking 6ft11-7ft. I don't know his exact height, but wouldn't arnold have to be like 6ft for Chamberlain to be even close to 7ft1, even then it seems too short for him. I think Arnold was close to 6ft1 in his hey day, but that pic really throws me off. What do you think Rob, could Wilt have been 7ft3 or more? He sure looks that tall if not more in Conan!
asfasf said on 9/Jan/07
wilt and kareem almost same eight for me: i'd say 217cm for wilt 218/219cm kareem
this is more accurate...
Anshelm said on 22/Nov/06
When Conan O'Brien once asked how tall he was, he said "Five eleven and a half. But it's a LONG half".
Cantstop25 said on 4/Oct/06
haha great pic forensicNYC It si ridiculous how long wilts limbs are!
Danimal said on 19/Jul/06
Rob whatever happened to Jason and Cyclops? Have they been missing for a long time? Not that I actually miss
Editor Rob said on 17/Jul/06
From Robert Allen Cherry book 'Larger than Life'

According to wilt's doctor and one of his closest friends:

"Wilt was exactly 7ft 1 and 1/16th. We had a special apparatus built by a scientific team at Temple University Hospital to measure him and all subsequent players....luke jackson was 6ft 9. Wilt made Luke look like nothing."
ForensicNYC said on 21/May/06
Wilt Chamberlain 7'1" and Willie Shoemaker 4'11"
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30 something and no girlfriend said on 4/May/06
then wilt is 7 feet even? i m not saying it's impossible but unlikely...but mark eaton i am sure is 7-4 or very close to it, like 7-3.75 or something.
Jason said on 26/Apr/06
Anonymous there with the Mark Eaton comment was me, my ID got left out for some reason. Sing, maybe Kareem really was around 7'1''. There's 7'1'' listings for him.
Cobra said on 17/Apr/06
That sounds funny. "Mark Eaton was actually only 7ft3 minus shoes".
LOL, I wouldn`t know what to do if I would be that short! ;)
Chamberlain`s height is legit, I think. Why should he lie?
sing said on 16/Apr/06
no, he was 7-4, unless Kareem was 7-1.
Anonymous said on 15/Apr/06
Mark Eaton was actually only 7'3'' minus shoes. 7'4'' was his listed height in the NBA.

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sing said on 14/Apr/06
Not true, once Eaton stood next to 7-5 Chuck Nevitt, guess what, he was shorter. Now his nickname is the Mountain Man, he weighed 295lbs, which enhances his height, but he is no taller than 7-4.
JT said on 14/Apr/06
Sing, I would venture to guess that Eaton is closer to 7'5" or even 7'6". There was a considerable height difference between him and Kareem, who was no less than 7'2". Like Bill Walton, I think Eaton didn't want to be listed at his true height.
sing said on 12/Apr/06
kareem was definitely not 7-3, there was a pic of him on the cover of sports illustrated next to 7-4 mark eaton and kareem looked at least 2 inches shorter. wilt is 7-1 and kareem 7-2, mark eaton, a legit 7-4!
Xhavier said on 26/Mar/06
Having read Wilt Chamberlain's biography, he like many tall people, is very particular about his height, he says he was 7'1 1/16" technically, but 7'1" is good enough. He found that it is a personal question that nobody realizes may bother an invidual to ask.
gregor said on 23/Mar/06
Somewhere there is a photo (I can't find it now!) of Arnold in the middle being lifted off the ground at either side under the arms by Andre and Wilt. Arnold's smiling/laughing while Andre and Wilt are "flexing" their free arms. Does anyone have this or know where to find it???
Danimal said on 3/Mar/06
It's been stated that Andre was actually 7'1.5" at his peak.
zadeh79 said on 2/Mar/06
Kareem's listed at 7'1 and 3/8..........on one page. That measurement should have been taken when he made was in the pro's. This also helps to confirm suspicions of Bruce Lee standing closer to 66.5 -- maybe in the mornings walking around at 67.25.
Kingbg said on 13/Feb/06
I was looking at the photo and come to one conclusion, Andre has to be closer to 7'1 or 7'2. One he slouches a lot more then Wilt and two their shoulders are on even levels with each other.My brother who is 6'3 said that Andre had to duck under a seven foot doorway at the old Charlotte Colisum. So I would give Andre about 7'1 or even as high as 7'3.
Mike said on 11/Feb/06
Apparently Andre at his tallest was only about 6'11". Kareem was always suspected of being at least 7'3".
ColinG said on 25/Jan/06
In "Conan the Destroyer" there are very few shots where you can make a direct comparison with Arnie. There is a long shot of the whole bunch of people on the quest, and Chamberlain absolutely towers over them all. Remember the scene where Arnie fights an ape-man? He was played by a British actor named Pat Roach, who is supposed to have been six five. He was the German who fights Harrison Ford in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and gets decapitated by the plane prop. Anyway, he does look distinctly bigger than Arnie, but nowhere near as much so as Chamberlain does.
Mikex said on 22/Dec/05
Apparently Wilt was supposed to fight Ali at one point. However Wilt realised the insanity of this at the last moment and pulled out. Taking on the heavyweight champion of the world in your first ever fight maybe isn't a good idea. That's why they are pictured together I think.
Gramps said on 14/Dec/05
There is such a disparity between the heights of Arnold and the other guys, plus the effects of camera angle, hair and boots, that you can't peg Arnold's height from that picture closer than +/- 2".
Xhavier said on 13/Dec/05
Chamberlain- 7'1 1/16" barefoot. Arnie based on that picture- 5'11"
Gramps said on 6/Dec/05
In that Wilt/Kareem picture, Wilt is 48 and Kareen 37, so perhaps the extra eleven years took some toll.
Viper652 said on 5/Dec/05
Andre looks 6-9 to me.
Jason said on 5/Dec/05
It's probably just because Wilt is in bare feet. It stated in that story I posted that Wilt hadn't lost a single bit of height as far as he knew (in 1986), and given he knew his height to a fraction of an inch, it's probably true.
CoolJ said on 5/Dec/05
Theres no doubt Wilt might have lost an inch in that pic with Kareem.. I mean after all the years of b-ball... it has to bring a 7'1 man down a little bit. I also don't see a full 2 inches of difference there in Charles' pic.. and I'm guessing they would've been close to the same height 15 years before that.

Gramps said on 4/Dec/05
You know guys, with most people on this site you can argue 2-4 inches (like Arnold, for example). But with Wilt's height being recorded at over 7'1" more than 45 years ago, and photos of him sometimes looking even taller, he's one guy that it's hard to quibble more than 1-2cm.
mask said on 4/Dec/05
Sometimes genetic can make some strange jokes look at this:,%20Shaquille

the man beside Shaq is the son of 7-foot-2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,his name is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar II and he isn't more than 6'6"(maybe 6'4") according to myself while this one:,%20Shaquille

is a photo with Shaq next to Corey Maggette. 7'0.25" and 6'4.5" IMO.
FASULO said on 4/Dec/05
I knew Jabbar is 216..chamberlain at the same height.but in that photo i see 2 inches of difference..
Jason said on 3/Dec/05
Wilt's bending somewhat and looking down there. I realize Wilt wore a rather thick wig in the movie, but there was at least 14 inches between him and Arnold.
Texas Tom said on 3/Dec/05
Would someone please repost the pic with Andre and Wilt? I can't find it here and I've been dying to see it.
Cobra said on 3/Dec/05
Here is also another Pic of Arnie & Wilt:

Wilt was for sure 7ft1. There`s no reason in hell for him to say anything instead of the truth.

Andre seemed to be between 6ft11 and 7ft, Arnold a strong 6ft1.
You have also to recognize that the hairstyle of Wilt and Andre make them even bigger against Arnold.
Jason said on 3/Dec/05
There seems to be a lot of matches for Kareem being only 7'1'', though...

Maybe there's some truth to this Wilt being 6'11'' stuff? Then again, Wilt could be in bare feet in that pic with Abdul-Jabbar. It's said Wilt wore bare feet everywhere except the most formal of occasions.
Ball-A-Hallic said on 3/Dec/05
That pic charles got shows Jabbar got like 2 inches on Wilt. So maybe Kareem was really 7'3 or jus 7'2.5
CoolJ said on 3/Dec/05
Kareem was listed at 7'2
Jason said on 3/Dec/05
So, how tall was Kareem really? He's also listed at 7'1''! *puzzled*
Viper652 said on 3/Dec/05
He was always a good deal taller then 6-10 Bill Russell.
Gramps said on 3/Dec/05
No, Kareem was always 7'2" as a pro. Charles' photo below of Wilt and Kareem confirms the slight advantage in height to Abdul-Jabbar.
Gramps said on 2/Dec/05
Here's Wilt "boxing" with the 6'3" Muhammad Ali, and looking about two feet taller than the Lip! ;-)
Ball-A-Hallic said on 2/Dec/05
I b-leave wilt was 7'1 but was kareem abdul jabbar really 7'2 or 7'3 i didnt think he was taller than wilt Jabbar looks more 6'11-7'0.
Charles said on 2/Dec/05
Kareem is supposed to be 7'2" according to IMDB.
If you compare the difference between them and the difference between Andre and Wilt there doesn't seem to be more than 2 inches between Andre and Wilt. The difference isn't that great and Andre is bending a bit.
Charles said on 2/Dec/05
Here's a pic of Wilt Next to Kareem Abdul Jabbar
Jason said on 2/Dec/05
It was taken in 1983/1984 ... the movie was released in the US in June 1984. So, just before his major shrinking began. Andre could even be closer to 6'9'' there - Wilt's head is tilted lower and he's standing in a wide stance. I've never seen Arnold look so small lol ... those were two gigantic men.
J. said on 2/Dec/05
Wow, that picture is something! Arnold looks like a tiny action figure between Wilt and Andre!

[Editor Rob: Arnie is forcing that smile...andre looks like he could pick Arnie up, pass to Wilt and slam dunk him]
MEK said on 2/Dec/05
He was a true 7'1" giant, I believe that.
Jason said on 2/Dec/05
Yikes, I forgot to say where in that story the quote is for anyone else wanting to see it - it's in the second paragraph.

Wilt's head looks small next to Andre's (but to be fair, he was a friggin' acromegalic giant), but it seems much bigger than Arnie's ... and any 7-footer's head's gonna be big compared to a normal person's. You'd be looking at 11 1/2 - 12 inches at least just for Wilt's head ... and Arnie looks like he'd fall a few inches short of Wilt's chin.

I think Wilt is telling the truth about his height ... he wasn't the kind of guy to undercut himself lol ... and 7'1 1/16'' sounds pretty sure. Have you seen the movie Conan the Destroyer? It's amazing what they do with camera angles etc. ... I was kinda stunned when I saw how short Arnold was next to Wilt there because there sure wasn't THAT much difference between them in the film!
Jason said on 2/Dec/05
Wilt only has 12 inches on Arnold?! More than that! What say you, Rob?

BTW, here's a partial quote regarding Wilt's height from a writer who met him to do a story on him for Sports Illunstrated in 1986 - ''he has not shrunk a whit from the seven feet one and one-sixteenth inches, which he says he is but which no one ever believes.'' -

People always thought he was taller than that, but he insisted he was only 7'1 1/16''.

[Editor Rob: hard to say how much bigger wilt's head is than average, but 6ft 2 and 7ft 1, just 11 looks a bit more...was Wilt telling the truth? I mean, once your past 7ft is there really any point lying ;)]
Bob said on 2/Dec/05
The Governator is probably wearing lifts in that picture, but if he is really only 5'10 then Chamberlain was 6'11.
CoolJ said on 2/Dec/05
WOW Rob.. Nice pic. Wilt easily has a foot on Arnold

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