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U.S. Postal Service issuing Wilt Chamberlain stamp on Friday

No surprise here: Fitting Wilt Chamberlain onto a stamp apparently was no easy task.

Chamberlain, the former Kansas star, is on postage stamps that are being issued on Friday. There are two stamps, one of “Wilt The Stilt” with the Philadelphia 76ers and one with the Los Angeles Lakers.

But the artist who painted the stamps admittedly had a bit of trouble.

“We still had trouble fitting him into those proportions,” Nelson told the New York Times.

On its web site, the postal service had this description:

“This year, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates the life of basketball superstar Wilt Chamberlain (1936-1999). On the court, he was a force of nature. The 7-foot-1-inch center dominated the NBA for more than a decade, setting a plethora of individual records. As a pro, he led his teams to two NBA championships, and in 1962 he scored an NBA record 100 points in a single game.”

The New York Times reported that the stamps will be dedicated Friday in Philadelphia at halftime of the 76ers’ game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Chamberlain, who was from Philadelphia, died in 1999.

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