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I'm glad the silk finally got his jersey retired but why so long?
Sorry Scott, I meant to post on the off topic board, I've been switching back and forth between the off topic and this board this morning and I thought I was on the off topics board. My new I pad so fast I forget what board I'm on.
You have to be in the HOF as a LA Laker or be a HOF lock. The 20ft lay-up just got in the HOF this last time around if I'm not mistaken, that's why the wait.
Looking at his stats, he didn't seem that impressive. Who does he compare to in today's game?
4 x nba champ
2x NCAA champ
One of the smoothest, steadiest and most productive forwards to ever play in the NBA (he possessed a deadly accurate jump shot from the corner that Hall of Fame Laker announcer Chick Hearn dubbed the "20 foot layup") Jamaal "Smooth as Silk" Wilkes won championships at the scholastic, collegiate and professional levels.
What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome.--Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
I remember Keith as a kid...used to stop by my cousins house to play basketball. Really, lol
Nice kid, from a nice family, Tease my cousin to this day, that he had the nerve to play basketball with Keith "Jamaal" Wilkes. A Ventura boy.
"Here are provided seats of meditative joy, where shall rise again the destined reign of Troy." Virgil
Maybe Prince over in Detroit? Prince might be more athletic though.
I loved J Wilkes, however, I don't think of him as the same breath with the others in the rafters. To me, that is a stretch.
I would compare Wilkes to Kevin Martin, or maybe Michael Redd, Rip Hamilton or Rolando Blackman (going back a bit), but Wilkes was a top 2 scorer on multiple NBA Championship teams which elevates him above those guys. Wilkes was an efficient mid-range shooter, but what stands out was that he was an unselfish scorer and great team player who could who could score in a variety of ways in the flow of his teammates' offense--namely Rick Barry, Kareem and Magic. He was as automatic as anyone when left alone in the corner and many of the early Showtime fast breaks ended in one of his 20 foot layups.
Winning winners who win > whining whiners who whine.
Good looking out, guys. From how you've described him, this current Laker team could sure as hell use a Wilkes like player who could hit an open jumper with consistency.
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