Ex-Bruin, Laker Wilkes Makes Hall Of Fame
Former UCLA and Laker star Jamaal Wilkes, who also played for the Clippers, was voted into the Naismith Basketball Hall Of Fame this week.
The following statement was issued by Lakers Owner Dr. Jerry Buss on behalf of the Lakers organization:
“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. It’s easy to forget that Jamaal averaged 20-plus points during our 1980 and 1982 championship seasons. Many also don’t recall that he scored 37 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the decisive Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals.
“He was overlooked by some because he put the team first, the individual second and let others shine. It is now time for Jamaal to shine, and we congratulate him on this long overdue and much deserved honor.”
Three former UCLA players were in the class of inductees – Wilkes, Reggie Miller and long ago star Don Barksdale. All three will have their jersey retired next season in a game in the revamped Pauley Pavilion.