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Two bad moves

Man gave away tickets to see Wilt, Kobe make history

Posted: Friday January 27, 2006 11:10AM; Updated: Friday January 27, 2006 11:20AM
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NEW YORK (SI.com) -- Marc Stern twice had the opportunity to see NBA history -- and gave it away both times.

Stern, a vice chairman of a Los Angeles asset management firm, was an 18-year-old sophomore at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., in 1962 when he bought two tickets to see the then-Philadelphia Warriors play the New York Knicks in nearby Hershey.


But when one of his professors scheduled a test for the next day, Stern gave the tickets away -- and thus failed to see Wilt Chamberlain score 100 points.

Now Stern is a Lakers season ticket-holder, meaning he had tickets to see Sunday's game against the Raptors. But Stern opted to attend a birthday party instead -- and thus failed to see Kobe's 81-point outburst.

"Two historic games, 44 years and 3,000 miles apart with one common thread -- stupid me," Stern told the Los Angeles Times.

"A lot of people claimed to have had tickets to that game in Hershey, but I may be the only person who claims to have had them and not gone to the game," Stern added. "And I can't imagine anyone else having tickets to the Wilt game and the Kobe game, and not attending either one."

Stern was at a business meeting in Los Angeles this week when he told his story. At the meeting was former NFL quarterback Pat Haden.

"If Marc ever wants to give his tickets away again," Haden told the Times, "the recipient is bound to see a good game."