Jamaal Wilkes
American basketball player
Jamaal Wilkes
Jamaal Abdul-Lateef, better known as Jamaal Wilkes, is a retired American basketball player who played the small forward position and won four NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors. He was a three-time NBA All-Star and the 1975 NBA Rookie of the Year. Wilkes was also a key player on two National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship teams under coach John Wooden for the UCLA Bruins.
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The Solution To The Dumb Debate Over Which Kobe Jersey To Retire
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Must be nice to be someone like Mitch Kupchak, who can send the NBA world and Lakers nation in particular into a frenzy with just four words. On Sunday, the LA Lakers GM did just that while talking about the inevitable retirement of Kobe Bryant's jersey in the rafters of Staples Center.  “Obviously it's going to be 8, 24 or” -- and here comes the good part -- “it could be both,” he said. The sports world has spent way too much time already on the question of whether the Lakers should retire the jersey in which Kobe spent the first half of his 20-year career (No. 8) or the second (No. 24), and this is the perhaps the pinnacle of that inane conversation, the perfect talking point for our talking-point culture.  But make no mistake: This is a ridiculously dumb idea that will never happen. And if you think Kupchak or anyone in the Lakers organization would seriously consider anything more than suggesting it to mess with rabid Lakers fans for personal amusement, you might as well ...
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From Bruins to Clippers - UCLA Magazine article
Bruins Nation - over 3 years
When you hear the names Matt Barnes, Ryan Hollins, and Darren Collison, what comes to mind? Individually, I'll always remember Matt Barnes as an incredibly gifted Bruin whose talents were wasted by Steve Lavin, but who still built a long NBA career. I'll remember Ryan Hollins above all else for sinking those two huge free throws near the end of that UNBELIEVABLE Gonzaga game. And I'll remember Darren Collison as a guy who stayed an extra year at UCLA when no one else did and was one of our all-time favorite Bruins. But if you mention all three of them together, you should think of the 2013 Los Angeles Clippers. The three former Bruins have returned to Los Angeles from their ranging NBA journeys so far and have been reunited this season for the hometown Clippers. Writer Paul Feinberg highlighted the three in a great article in this month's UCLA Magazine. Barnes has been in the NBA for 11 years, Hollins for 8, and Collison for 5, and the three have combined to play ...
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Jamaal Wilkes thrilled to join ranks of these retirees
LATimes - about 4 years
Jamaal Wilkes, who played on three NBA title teams in the '80s, becomes the eighth Laker to have his jersey number (52) retired and hung on Staples Center wall. Jamaal Wilkes, who played on three NBA title teams in the '80s, becomes the eighth Laker to have his jersey number (52) retired and hung on Staples Center wall.
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Lakers to retire numbers of Shaq, Wilkes
Fox News - over 4 years
The Los Angeles Lakers will retire the jerseys of Shaquille O'Neal and Jamaal Wilkes in separate ceremonies this upcoming season.The Lakers also announced their plans to unveil a statue of Kareem Abdul- Jabbar outside the Staples Center
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Don Nelson, Jamaal Wilkes, Reggie Miller ... but Phil Knight?
The Sacramento Bee - over 4 years
I'm sure there will be further discussion about this leading up to the Sept. 7 Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Springfield, Mass., but for the moment, let's just say, Don Nelson and Reggie Miller are no-brainer selections. And I always felt that fomer Lakers star Jamaal Wilkes - quiet and unassuming, and an essential member of Pat Riley's Showtime squad - never received the recognition he deserved. But the selection of Nike co-founder Phil Knight as a "contributor" for this year's class makes me shake my head. While there's no disputing the influence of the sneaker companies and the nice bump they provided for the earnings of college coaches and an innumerable number of high profile athletes, I'm not sure that makes them worthy of inclusion into basketball's Hall of Fame. Then again, it's all about the money.
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Congratulations to Jamaal Wilkes, Hall of Fame induction on Sept. 7 Jamaal Wilkes defined smooth,...
Bruins Nation - over 4 years
Congratulations to Jamaal Wilkes, Hall of Fame induction on Sept. 7 Jamaal Wilkes defined smooth, by Bruce Jenkins at SFGate
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Jamaal Wilkes and Reggie Miller are among Hall of Fame inductees
LATimes - almost 5 years
Former UCLA and NBA stars are part of the Class of 2012 that will be enshrined Sept. 7 in Springfield, Mass. Don Nelson, Ralph Sampson and Katrina McClain are part of the group. NEW ORLEANS — Former UCLA and NBA stars <a class="fplink fp-834570" href="/Jamaal+Wilkes+1">Jamaal Wilkes</a> and <a class="fplink fp-657826" href="/Reggie+Miller+1">Reggie Miller</a> were among the seven new members announced Monday for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
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1975-76 Topps Basketball Cards - The Cardboard Connection
Google News - over 5 years
Moses Malone, Keith (Jamaal) Wilkes, Maurice Lucas and Bobby Jones are the key rookies. The end of the 1975-&#39;76 basketball season saw several ABA teams disappear and others merged into the NBA, so this would be the final season the set basketball would
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Athleticism and Skill, Then and Now - Lakers.com
Google News - over 5 years
That (very) talented roster featured Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Byron Scott and Michael Cooper, as well as bigs Bob McAdoo, Jamaal Wilkes, Kurt Rambis and Kupchak. &quot;In my opinion, we have much better athletes today but maybe not as good of
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NBA History: The Greatest Championship Cores of All Time - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
1974-75 Golden State Warriors: Rick Barry, Clifford Ray, Jamaal Wilkes Rick Barry and his grandma-style free-throw shooting may not have looked pretty—but it worked, and that&#39;s all he cared about. However, it&#39;s doubtful he would have been able to
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Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Which Is the NBA's Greatest Franchise? - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
The dynasty was stacked with amazing talent through the 1980s, including James Worthy, Jamaal Wilkes, Norm Nixon, Michael Cooper, Byron Scott, Bob McAdoo and Mychal Thompson. Of all the Lakers and Celtics&#39; dynasties, the 1980s Lakers were the most
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NBA TV Plans Slate Of Playoff Gems - NBA.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
He lit up the Bullets for 38 points and Jamaal Wilkes put the defensive clamps, as best any man could, on Elvin Hayes to help the Warriors to what would be an insurmountable 3-0 series lead. The underdog Warriors finished the Bullets off in Game 4 to
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UK basketball notebook: UCLA chooses facelift over new arena - Lexington Herald Leader
Google News - over 5 years
Of course, UCLA&#39;s cavalcade of stars — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton and Jamaal Wilkes, to name a few — played in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins won all but two of their 11 national championships with Pauley as its homecourt. When asked if John
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jamaal Wilkes
  • 2012
    Age 58
    On December 28, 2012, the Lakers retired Wilkes' jersey, number 52, and on January 17, 2013, UCLA retired his collegiate jersey, also number 52.
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    On April 2, 2012, Wilkes was announced as a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame induction class of 2012.
    More Details Hide Details He formally entered the Hall on September 7.
  • 2007
    Age 53
    In March 2007, he was inducted into the Pac-10 Men's Basketball Hall of Honor.
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  • 2003
    Age 49
    In 2003, along with business partner Liza Wayne, he founded Jamaal Wilkes Financial Advisors, a firm specializing in wealth management solutions.
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  • 2000
    Age 46
    Wilkes was hired as vice president of basketball operations by the Los Angeles Stars for the inaugural season of the new American Basketball Association (ABA) in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details At Wilkes' request, Wooden also joined the Stars as a consultant. Along with being one of the co-authors behind the book and audio course, Success Under Fire: Lessons For Being Your Best In Crunch Time, Wilkes became a highly sought-after motivational speaker for national organizations and Fortune 500 corporations. Upon his retirement from the NBA, he worked in the real estate and financial services industries in the last 22 years.
  • 1985
    Age 31
    In an interview with the New York Post in 1985 and in several public speaking engagements, legendary coach Wooden stated, when asked to describe his ideal player: "I would have the player be a good student, polite, courteous, a good team player, a good defensive player and rebounder, a good inside player and outside shooter.
    More Details Hide Details Why not just take Jamaal Wilkes and let it go at that."
  • 1984
    Age 30
    Wilkes missed the first seven games of the 1984 Playoffs due to a gastrointestinal virus.
    More Details Hide Details When he returned to action on May 8, he received a standing ovation from the Forum crowd. For his career, Wilkes registered 14,664 points (17.7 ppg) and 5,117 rebounds (6.2 rpg), averaging 16.1 ppg in 113 postseason games. He played in the 1976, 1981, and 1983 All-Star Games and was named to the NBA All-Defensive Team twice. The Sporting News named Wilkes to its NBA All-Pro Second Team three years.
  • 1980
    Age 26
    One of the most memorable games of his career was the series clinching Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers; Wilkes had 37 points and 10 rebounds, but was overshadowed by rookie teammate Magic Johnson, who started at center in place of an injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and finished with 42 points, 15 rebounds, and 7 assists. "Jamaal Wilkes had an unbelievable game", said Johnson in 2011. "Everybody talked about my 42 points, but it was also his effort."
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  • 1975
    Age 21
    Wilkes himself made his feature-film debut as Nathaniel "Cornbread" Hamilton in the 1975 basketball-themed drama, Cornbread, Earl and Me.
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    In 12 professional seasons with the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, and Los Angeles Clippers, Wilkes was a member of four NBA championship teams – one with Golden State in 1975, the season he was named Rookie of the Year – and three with the Showtime Lakers (1980, 1982, 1985), though an injury prevented him from playing in the 1985 NBA finals against the Boston Celtics, yet the Lakers' won the series in six games over the Celtics, 4–2.
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    Wilkes converted to Islam and legally changed his name to Jamaal Abdul-Lateef in 1975, but he continued to use his birth surname only for purposes of public recognition.
    More Details Hide Details Wilkes was born in Berkeley, California and grew up in Ventura. He was one of five children of L. Leander Wilkes, a Baptist minister, and Thelma (Benson) Wilkes.
  • 1972
    Age 18
    He was a two-time All-Pacific-8 selection (1973–1974), a member of the 1972 NCAA All-Tournament Team, and a three-time first-team Academic All-American (1972–1974).
    More Details Hide Details Prior to joining the varsity team, Wilkes (20. ppg), along with Greg Lee (17.9 ppg) and Bill Walton (18.1, 68.6 per cent), was a member of the 20–0 UCLA Frosh team.
    Wilkes was an All-America Prep player at Santa Barbara High School (his teammate Don Ford also played in the NBA with the Lakers) in Santa Barbara, California. As a two-time All-American at UCLA, Wilkes teamed with Bill Walton to bring UCLA the 1972 and 1973 NCAA titles, and a third-place finish in 1974.
    More Details Hide Details As a Bruin, Wilkes was part of UCLA teams that won a record 88 consecutive games. In three years at UCLA, Wilkes averaged 15. ppg and 7.4 rpg and shot 51.4 percent from the field.
  • 1969
    Age 15
    Starring for Santa Barbara High School with fellow future NBA player Don Ford, Wilkes was voted CIF Class 4A Player of the Year after leading the Dons to 26 consecutive wins and to the playoff semifinals during the 1969–70 season.
    More Details Hide Details Wilkes' number was retired by both Ventura and Santa Barbara high schools.
    Wilkes was the incoming student body president and an All-CIF basketball star at Ventura High School in 1969 when his father became pastor of the Second Baptist Church in Santa Barbara, and the family moved there prior to his senior year.
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  • 1953
    Born on May 2, 1953.
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