Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 at 10:15 am  |  12 responses

Los Angeles Lakers to Retire Jamaal Wilkes’ Jersey Number

Newly-minted Hall of Famer Jamaal Wilkes will be honored by the Lakers, as the franchise has plans to make Wilkes the eighth jersey number to go up in the rafters. Reports the LA Times: “We will retire his jersey at some point next season,’ Lakers spokesman John Black said. ‘We’ll look to book a date after the schedule comes out at some point late in the summer.’ Wilkes and his No. 52 jersey will join Wilt Chamberlain (No. 13), Elgin Baylor (22), Gail Goodrich (25), Earvin “Magic” Johnson (32), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (33), James Worthy (42) and Jerry West (44). All seven of those players are also members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In Wilkes’ eight-year stint with the Lakers (1977-85), he helped the Lakers win three NBA titles (1980, 1982, 1985). He is 10th in team history in career points (10,601) and ninth in steals (706).”

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  • abaci

    Greasing the wheels for fisher’s jersey?

  • Bt

    He is not even on the same level as the other guys. This opens up the door for plenty of other lakers to make a case

  • Marco

    Fisher in all likelihood will not have his jersey retired. The lakers have very high standards, and the key requirement is that the player has to be in the hall of fame.

  • Ricky

    Bt: He was just inducted into the Hall of Fame!! He may not be better than certain guys that have their jersey hanging, but he is definitely on their level.

    Also, the Lakers retire the jerseys of all Lakers that have made it into the Hall of Fame.

  • Detroit Dave


  • BIG AL

    does this mean dennis rodman will have his jersey retired?
    he rocked the Hall last year, just saying….

  • tony

    @detroit: there is no “who” in the age of google.

  • bdogg

    nice so next year 52 goes in the rafters and 34…i am guessing kobe gets both 8 and two-4? call me crazy but i think LA will do it! no one has worn 8 since kb switched..i do not see anyone rock it either! nuff said..would be cool for kb to go back to 8 to finish his career!

  • Old School

    Jamaal Wilkes aka “Silk” is long overdue to be inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame and he definitely deserves to have his jersey retired by the Lakers. Wilkes has won championships at every level (high school/college/pro) 2x NCAA National Champ at UCLA, 4x NBA Champ (1 with GS Warriors and 3 with LA Lakers), NBA Rookie of the Year, 3x All Star, better career numbers than other players already in the Hall of Fame, like Detroit’s own Joe Dumars… Wilkes was a huge part of the Showtime Lakers, a great shooter, scorer, defender and a big time clutch player as well. If you are asking “Who???” in regard to Jamaal Wilkes you need to do you basketball history homework…

  • http://verizon Steve

    I grew up as a kid watching then ” kieth Wilkes” play basketball at Santa Barbara High School. He was fantastic and a great team player. He continued his great career at UCLA, Golden State Warriors and then with the Lakers. He was always known as a great team player and a low key guy! He was a true professional and great person!!! I and many, many other could not be happier for him and his family!! So, the guy above who said ” who is he “?,,,don’t get on the computer but watch the NBA Hall of Fame inductions and you will see what I am talking about!!

  • Bro Ron

    Well said Steve, Jamaal Keith Wilkes is the kind. of guy you would want your sons to pattern their games after. I have had the rare pleasure of meeting Mr. Wilkes in person on a few business occasions, and found him to be humble, generous and full of integrity. A far cry from the screaming-chest bumping athlete of today’s generation. His numbers and selfless team-play are the true marks of a hall of fame career and more importantly a hall of fame life.

  • SilkisTheOne

    Its about time Jamaal was recognized for being the smooth silky exceptionally talented small forward on the mighty Los Angeles Lakers Supreme Squad of the 80′s. These champions beat the crap out of the Celtics on many joyous occasions. He was part of the DREAM TEAM, full of class and talent. It was their coach who got lucky (the ultimate show off, Pat Riley)