By Mary Cunningham

There was a time in the late 1960s when Sixers great Wilt Chamberlain had the idea of fighting Muhammad Ali.

Lakers great Jerry West warned him to stay on the basketball court.

“I said to him when I heard about it, ‘You know what it’s going to be like. Ever been in the woods when you’re chopping down a tree,’ ” West said. ‘ “When he’s ready to chop you down, it’s going to go timber!’ I did say that to him.”