Boy, I don't
know. How does a guy get to be a villain in the first place? Not all at once, I
promise you. It is a cumulative series of little things—like little jabs from
sportswriters—that have a way of adding up over the years to make the total
picture of a bad guy. They have a way of slowly filling in an image that seems
to stick in people's minds. I don't know of any athlete in the world who has
had to prove himself so many times. Over and over again, fighting off the
image. I'll give you an example:
He just stands there and dunks the ball," says one writer.
So I work hard
and perfect a jump shot.
He shouldn't fade away from the basket when he's shooting the jumper," they
So I try some
other shots. And I concentrate on defense.
Wilt," they say this time. "He just plays one end of the
So I dash around
and hustle down to the other end of the court.
all the action."
So I try more
team play, and I feed the ball off like mad.
Wilt," they say, fresh out of criticism. "He's a fink."