Twenty-three years after leaving town, Wilt Chamberlain will be honored by the Philadelphia 76ers, who will retire his "13" jersey in March.

The Sixers will honor the 54-year-old Chamberlain on March 18 in a ceremony before a game with the Orlando Magic.Chamberlain, a native of Philadelphia, had two tours in the city during a 14-year NBA career, the second from 1965 to 1968 as a member of the 76ers. In 1967, he led Philadelphia to the NBA title over the San Francisco Warriors, who had been based in Philadelphia before heading west for the 1963 season.

Chamberlain's falling out with the 76ers began after he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in 1968. Chamberlain claimed that at the time of the deal he was promised part-ownership of the 76ers by former owner Ike Richman. But Richman died before an agreement could be formalized.

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