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January 12, 2009 | JERRY CROWE
Jamaal Wilkes usually is not one to toot his own horn. It's an admirable quality, but friends tell him his reluctance to promote himself could be one reason the former UCLA All-American and Showtime-era Lakers forward has been shunned by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. So now he's lobbying. "I believe I should be in," says Wilkes, whose nomination is under consideration by the selection committee again this year. "I'm not obsessed with it, but I believe I deserve to be in."
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December 28, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times
Jamaal Wilkes was finally inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame a few months ago. It took only 27 years. The Lakers followed it up by retiring his jersey number Friday at Staples Center. The smooth-shooting small forward became the first Lakers player since 1996 to have his number retired. He wore No. 52 and joined seven other Lakers players on the Staples Center wall: Wilt Chamberlain (13), Elgin Baylor (22), Gail Goodrich (25), Magic Johnson (32)
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July 25, 1985 | STEVE SPRINGER, Times Staff Writer
The voice on the public address system echoes across Albert Gersten Pavilion: "Laker basket by Timo Saarelainen." And: "Laker basket by Jose Slaughter." Welcome to the summer basketball league at Loyola Marymount University, where the Lakers, such as they are, do battle with such teams as Italian BC, the B-Team and Celtics Plus.
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December 28, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers retired the jersey of Jamaal Wilkes at halftime Friday night as the Lakers hosted the Portland Trail Blazers. With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Elgin Baylor, Jerry West standing courtside, Wilkes looked up to the rafters to see his number 52 jersey revealed next to Magic Johnson's number 32. Wilkes was a vital part of the first wave of Showtime Lakers, a 6'6" forward/guard with a smooth jumper. Legendary broadcaster Chick Hearn called Wilkes' jump shot a "20-foot layup," fitting to a player whose nickname were "Smooth as Silk" or more simply "Silk.
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August 27, 1989 | ALAN DROOZ, Times Staff Writer
The uniform used to be Lakers gold and purple, high-top sneakers and a large No. 52 on the jersey. Now it's business suits and ties and black leather shoes, but Jamaal Wilkes is still a straight shooter. Wilkes hasn't been seen on a National Basketball Assn. court since late 1985, when he cut short an attempted comeback with the Clippers. And he hasn't been seen with the court-side celebrities at the Forum, watching his old Laker teammates continue to win titles, since he left.
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February 28, 1991 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
During his 12-year career in professional basketball, Jamaal Wilkes compiled an impressive list of statistics. But the prospect of "becoming just another statistic" himself was the thought Wilkes says was foremost in his mind last December when he was pulled over and handcuffed by two Los Angeles Police Department officers. Wilkes, a businessman and board member of the Los Angeles Urban League, has accused the police of detaining him because of the color of his skin.
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May 16, 1990
Joe Theismann, Jamaal Wilkes, Howard Twilley and Steve Taylor were inducted into the GTE Academic All-America Hall of Fame in ceremonies at a West Hollywood hotel.
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December 27, 1985 | MIKE DOWNEY
To be or not to be. That was Jamaal Wilkes' question. To be in the National Basketball Assn. or not to be. Or, more to the point, to be in professional basketball or to be with the Clippers. After spending parts of seven seasons with the across-town, run-around, wear-the-crown, boogie-down Lakers, life with the Clippers proved somewhat dreary for Wilkes. It was like evicting Magic Johnson from Bel Air and telling him to go live in a Taco Bell.
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September 25, 1985 | SAM McMANIS, Times Staff Writer
Free agent forward Jamaal Wilkes, cut loose by the Lakers less than a month ago, is close to signing a contract with the Clippers. Wilkes, who had surgery on torn ligaments in his left knee last February, passed a physical examination conducted by Clipper team doctor Tony Daly Tuesday afternoon. After hearing the report, Clipper General Manager Carl Scheer said he hopes to sign Wilkes as soon as Thursday.
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August 31, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
The Lakers announced Thursday they will retire the No. 34 jersey of former center Shaquille O'Neal on April 2 when they host the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center. O'Neal, who won three NBA championships and one regular-season most-valuable-player award during his eight seasons with the team, last played for the Lakers in 2004. He also won an NBA title with the Miami Heat in 2006. O'Neal, 40, retired in 2011 after playing one season with Boston. The Lakers also said they will retire the uniform number of former forward Jamaal Wilkes , who was a member of three NBA championship teams during the Lakers' Showtime Era in the 1980s.
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August 29, 2012 | By Mark Medina
For much of his otherwise storied career, Jamaal Wilkes willingly conceded the spotlight on the Lakers' Showtime teams to Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. But this time, Johnson and Abdul-Jabbar will let Wilkes take center stage. Wilkes' former teammates will be presenters Sept. 8 when he's inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Rick Barry, who played with Wilkes on the Golden State Warriors, will also be a presenter. So too will Wilkes' former UCLA teammate, Bill Walton.
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April 6, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The week has been, former Laker Jamaal Wilkes said, a "whirlwind. " On Monday, the NBA announced his induction Sept. 8 into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Then came the Lakers' decision to retire his No. 52 jersey next season. Wilkes has had plenty of chances to talk about his recent honors with friends and fans. He made a trip to the NCAA Final Four in New Orleans and appeared at Staples Center Wednesday for the Lakers-Clippers game. He attended an event at a Manhattan Beach hotel commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Lakers' 1972 championship team.
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April 2, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The Lakers have already showed appreciation for Jamaal Wilkes' induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame by planning to retire his No. 52 jersey at some point next season. They're also doing so in words,  releasing a statement on behalf of Lakers owner Jerry Buss. "Anyone who truly knows and loves the game of basketball surely recognizes what a special and gifted player Jamaal Wilkes was.  A rare combination of selflessness and grace, Jamaal made the game look effortless.
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April 2, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
NEW ORLEANS — Former UCLA and NBA stars Jamaal Wilkes and Reggie Miller were among the seven new members announced Monday for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Class of 2012 also includes coach Don Nelson , three-time national player of the year Ralph Sampson , two-time Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain and official Hank Nichols . Also named were the All American Red Heads, the first women's professional basketball team. The Class of 2012 will be enshrined Sept.
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April 2, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Jamaal Wilkes remained blessed and cursed for playing for great teams. He was blessed with the Lakers (1977-85) as he helped them win three NBA titles, but he was cursed because his contributions were overshadowed by Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He was blessed to be a part of the UCLA teams that won 88 consecutive games and two NCAA championships. But Bill Walton carried the spotlight. But Wilkes' efforts will hardly go unnoticed Sept. 7 in Springfield, Mass., where he will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, according to a Monday announcement . Wilkes will become the Lakers' 24th Hall of Famer, which includes 17 players, four head coaches, one assistant coach and two contributors.
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March 8, 1991 | MIKE DOWNEY
This city--no, this nation--is up in arms over a bloodcurdling beating Los Angeles police officers gave a man apprehended after allegedly leading them on a high-speed chase. If there are two things in this world with which I cannot fully relate, they are what it must be like to fearlessly do the difficult, dangerous work of a cop and what it must be like to fearfully feel persecuted because of the color of my skin.
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October 7, 1985 | SAM McMANIS, Times Staff Writer
Despite the Clippers' 114-113 exhibition loss to the Portland Trail Blazers Sunday night at Cal Poly Pomona, Coach Don Chaney said he saw several positive things, most notably the play of forward Jamaal Wilkes. Wilkes scored 20 points, including a 19-foot jump shot with 25 seconds left to give the Clippers a 113-112 lead. But Portland rookie Terry Porter sank two free throws with three seconds left. "He's improving every game," Chaney said of Wilkes, who had knee surgery last spring.
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