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Lakers fans, particularly those of a more old school ilk, will appreciate this Bounce Magazine interview with former Laker Jamaal "Silk" Wilkes I saw posted Wednesday morning, via TrueHoop.  Wilkes, who played in LA for nearly a decade, winning three rings and making two All Star games in the process, reveals insights on playing for John Wooden at UCLA, his unorthodox shooting style, and how he managed to play against guys much larger than himself, among other things.

A nice feature on a guy who sometimes gets overshadowed when people reach back to reflect on great Lakers teams of yore. Plus, it gives a great excuse to embed this trailer of Cornbread, Earl, and Me, the 1975 film in which Wilkes starred.

 

BK

 
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>>A nice feature on a guy who sometimes gets overshadowed when people reach back to reflect on great Lakers teams of yore.

YEAH NOW WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO WRITE A NICE FEATURE ABOUT ME AND MY UNORTHODOX MAGNIFICENT CALVES.


WE’RE HERE WE CARE
I never thought when I began to blog, that I’d be posting about a dog
But this dog is not just any you see, he belongs to one of the blog family
Her name is Delilah and hope she’s OK, she belongs to Mr. Jon K.
Jon K who kept us all going, When title chances the Lakers were blowing
A tower of strength in times of pain, he’s given to others again and again
Now at a time of need to Jon, let the Blog show that of him we are fond.
I wish THE BANNER HOLDER was here, he could say a powerful prayer
But it’s not how eloquent a prayer may be, so long as it’s said with sincerity
It can be as simple as Bless you, As long as you mean it, it will do.
The Blog is here for Sports & fun, but there are times when we need someone
Someone to know what we’re going through, You understand I know you do.
So no matter how you may pray, just direct that power to Delilah & Jon K
And just in case you ask why, he would do it for you and you know that’s no lie.
May the power of the Force flow from the Blog, & heal, make well, Jon K’s dog
May God shine his infinite Love your way, believe no matter what, believe Jon K.
I only know you from what you post, But you are 1 of the people I care for the most.
When there is pain or you fill strife, it affects all the Laker Bloggers life
So you see Delilah is not just your dog, She’s a part of everyone on Laker Blog
May God hold you both in his hands, Stay strong, we’re here, we understand
There is nothing more I can say or do, Jon K , Delilah May The Force Be with You
ROLLLLLLLLLLLLL CALLLLLLLLLLLL: JON K, DELEILAH....

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SAY A PRAYER FOR JON K’S. ILL DOG DELILAH – BANDWAGON
****** COME ON FOLKS I WANT THIS DAMN WAGON FILLED *****
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(01) JON K – OWNER - Thanks for the kind words about Delilah. She's in a cage right now at the vet hospital all doped up in preparation for tomorrow's surgery. (I still don't understand why they have to give her a "pain patch" the night before the surgery.) I'm kind of stressed about the whole thing, but I'm hopeful that everything will turn out as good as it can. Thanks.
(02) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – DRIVER – Jon K - hope your dog's ok. Going through this kind of thing with a beloved pet is one of the worst things we humans have to deal with - truly a heart rending thing. I know she'll be fine.
(03) MAMBA24 – RIDING SHOTGUN – Jon K,. my prayers go out to you & Delilah Stay strong my brother.
(04) # 4 - Prayer said. Best wishes for your dog.
(05) CALIPHILOSOPHER - Your dog is in my prayers. I hope this operation gets rid of the cancer
(06) PUDDLE - I'm really sorry to hear about your dog. A good friend of mine t went though the same thing and it was tough for her, but it improved the quality of her dog's life. I hope it will do the same for Delilah.
(07) CHRIS - Jon K - sorry to hear about your dog. I'm sure with a good home like yours she will live many more happy years.
(08) AZTRONUT - I don't pray but I will be thinking good thoughts for you and Delilah and hoping for the best possible outcome to her surgery. I've got 3 dogs and 2 cats myself and couldn't really tell you which I prefer, I like all animals, as they all have their own distinctive personalities. I must admit I usually enjoy the company of pets more than I do humans so be assured that I feel for you. I've been where you're at many times and I know how difficult it is, hang tough.
(09) Andrew and Brian Kamenetzky - I hope your dog comes out of the operation okay. I've been through pet surgery and it's a truly emotionally draining experience.
(10) LAL_FAN - Jon K, I wish your dog complete recovery keep her in my prayers
(11) WESJOENIXON - Good luck Jon K.
(12) SCOTT - Oh, and put me on "Hope Jon K's dog gets better" bandwagon.
(13) MR.NANO - I don't pray for pets, but for a fellow Laker fan and anti cat conspiration enforcer, i'll do it ;)
(14) BENJAMIN - Jon K, Good luck to your dog. See the best vets you can and doG will take care of the rest
(15) THIRTY2 - Jon K....Being a dog person for the last 32 years,i think its only fair that we pray for your dog..I have been lucky with my first 2 dogs..The first dog Samantha lived for 17 years..Kelpie cross with a Lab....When she passed away i didnt speak to a person for about 10 days....Im not joking.....I still have 2 dogs...Border Collie cross with a German sheperd who is 10 years old and a Lab that cost me a lot of money to buy is 6 years old.....i dont do cats...Although my wife has had cats her whole life,i can say this knowing we will never have a cat while she is living with me....They are to unpredictable for my liking..
(16) LAKER TOM - Hope Delilah gets better. From her cat friends. LOL

Great piece on Silk Wilkes. Jamal was the man and that shot of his, unmatched..Marcus Camby's shot is similar in its appearance but def not in its result!! I also remember Silk's role in "Cornbread Earl & Me"..Actor Laurence Fishburne was a kid then...

This is gonna give away my age but I went to a basketball camp with Silk and it was a highlight of my youth. Dude is a class act and -- as mentioned -- an overlooked element in the greatness of the Showtime era.

Thanks for the link!

BK

What kind of a poll question was that?? Ur just stating the obvious... Nobody is saying he doesn't have a right to play for spain but the real question is whether they agree with his decision... Should be simple do u agree or disagree??

As I've stated before the man has way TOO MUCH AT STAKE to be playing in the eurogames (euro?!?! ) esp at this point of his career to risk any major injuries. Nobody ever questioned his work ethic and passion but maybe he needs to decide with his head not heart on this esp after he already broke his finger


This is gonna give away my age but I went to a basketball camp with Silk and it was a highlight of my youth. Dude is a class act and -- as mentioned -- an overlooked element in the greatness of the Showtime era.
Thanks for the link! Posted by: Jesterguru | August 12, 2009 at 10:32 AM

You know it seems that just about everybody from that Showtime Era was a class act and also were big success in business. I envy you man. Silk was my favorite till Byron Scott took his place.

Why haven't the Lakers retired Michael Cooper and Jamaal Wilkes' numbers yet?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Mamba24,

Thanks, brother. I appreciate it.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

The silk, the ice, the pearl and the glide - I'm sure old timers or those who claim to be long time laker fans would know who these players are. Basketball is not just dunking and forcing shots and breaking boards, it is also an art, a dance, an acrobatic move that only the brave and talented can do. If you are a professional paid with big bucks, why can't u imitate or practice how these guys did it. Well, Kobe, Ricky Rubio are fond to watch b/c they devote more time in practicing and perfecting shots.

Thirty2,

Yeah, I don't have any kids, so my dog's become my kid. You spend 10 years of your life with this happy little creature going on all kinds of adventures and watching Lakers games and shouting "Go Lakers!" and she begins to bark with gleeful enthusiasm. It's kind of difficult to imagine her not being there.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!!

Mamba24.

A little correction if I may, I think Byron Scott took the place of Norm Nixon and Big Game James replaced the Silk. Well, there were players traded and helped the Showtime Lakers whom we can consider a great forwards like Bob McAdoo and Mychal Thompson. They are superstars at their own right but don't mind being role players. Today, "I'm the star why am I not playing?"

Yellofever,

International players are torn on divided loyalties between their heart and their wallets. During the summer break, it is hard to refuse the national team b/c it is a great honor to represent his country and millions of people adoring him. On the other hand, million of fans in NBA like the Lakers are also worried of possible injury, jeopardizing the team success. On both ends, it is nice to be wanted by your country and your NBA team. Others, well they are just aspiring.....many are called but only few are chosen.

Cornbread, Earl and Me and Cooley High are still classics, and smooth Silk was very unappreciated with thoe teams, Just saw Andrew K on an interview recently, hope you dont mind a compliment from an all together lady, but You are Fine.

Jon K,
Change soccer for showball and you will be happy.

In a related note,
Soccer is so popular around the world because it can be played even with a rock. I'ts a sport for poor people. You can't play bball if you don't have at least a bouncing ball (paper balls to the trash can doesn't count as sport).

Showtime was Great.

And this team is Great too.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Mamba24.

A little correction if I may, I think Byron Scott took the place of Norm Nixon and Big Game James replaced the Silk. Well, there were players traded and helped the Showtime Lakers whom we can consider a great forwards like Bob McAdoo and Mychal Thompson. They are superstars at their own right but don't mind being role players. Today, "I'm the star why am I not playing?" Posted by: Edwin Gueco | August 12, 2009 at 11:16 AM

I stand corrected Edwin. As I was typing that I said naw, this does not seem quite right. Thanks for the correction Professor.

Anyone have any significant insights into Rasual Butler?

Go Clippers!

GO LAKERS!!!!!

Just saw Andrew K on an interview recently, hope you dont mind a compliment from an all together lady, but You are Fine. Posted by: Ginger | August 12, 2009 at 11:24 AM

OH, OH, Andrew's got his mack on! Go A.K., Go A.K.! Lol!

Mr Nano,

Yes, soccer is a poor man's sport.

It doesn't change the fact that it is a beautiful game. At any given moment, every single player is (or at least should be) constantly shifting their position in relationship to the ball, their teammates and opposing players to create offensive opportunities and exploit weaknesses in the geometric relationships of the opposition.

I've played many sports and often the experience of that sport leaves an impact on an athlete's personality. For example, I played football and many football players I've noticed have something of a "meathead" element in their personality as a result of that experience. [I'm not knocking football. I love football.]

In contrast, most soccer players are fairly philosophical in their worldview. There's something in the game of soccer that engenders a more-philosophical worldview.

It's a great (and highly intellectual) sport and the fact that it is so available to so many people--regardless of economic status--only enhances the beauty of the game.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

On a slightly related note...

The solution to winning the war in Afghanistan?

Carpet bombing the country with soccer balls and X-Boxes instead of actual bombs.

People need to get their competitive instincts out someway. May as well do so through soccer and video games instead of AK-47s.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Nano,

You don't have to own a basketball to play. There are plenty of courts in most neighborhoods with pick up games.

Silk was a great player and who could forget his 20 foot layups.

In a related note,
Soccer is so popular around the world because it can be played even with a rock. I'ts a sport for poor people. You can't play bball if you don't have at least a bouncing ball (paper balls to the trash can doesn't count as sport).

Posted by: MrNano | August 12, 2009 at 11:26 AM
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What's your point Nano? Do you have something against poor people?? Or are you just another ignorant jackhole who has never been out of the U.S.?

Jon K....I cant ever see my self and my family not having a dog..

Hope it all goes well...

Dave M...What style do you think Kurt will run?....

If Rubio arrives it can only be 1 style...Remember the Kings with Jason williams?...I cant see Rubio playing in a half court ...Thats not his style....But what will be interesting is how Rubio deals with teams that can slow the pace of the game to a crawl..Jefferson and Love are slow paced players,so i think making that adjustment will be his biggest problem......Can Rubio play with control?...
Only once Jason Williams got to Memphis was when the control came into his game...I think the Wolves will have 2 systems in place..A slow pace first unit to start..Then a small ball high octane second unit that will allow Rubio to cut sick..

Edwin

Appreciate the post... I guess its a completely different thrill playing for ur country and I don't blame him one bit especially when hes single and has throngs of hot spanish women just waiting in line after games.... I guess it'd be crazy for any straight guy to pass that up. Lol... Maybe if he was married he'd be home chillin...

I'm just sayin he's still got a great thing going here and he could jeopardize everything with a simple collision or bad fall.. (Knock on wood)

Chick used to say, "Wlikes with the ball, he shoots 20 foot lay-up"

I loved watching Jamaal play ball so much I was almost resentful of that newcomer James Worthy. I got over that tho'. Man it was great being a Laker Fan in the 80's.

# 52 was one of the smoothest scorers in his time. He doesn't get the respect or accolades that he deserves from the college or pro ranks!!!

Edwin:
I love the old nicknames (George Ice Gervin, Earl the Pearl Monroe, Clyde the Glide Drexler).
How about these:
Stump, A-Train, The Big E, Tiny, Hondo, Satch, Cadillac, Zeke from Cabin Creek, the Big Dipper, Muffin Man, White Lightning, The Machine (not Sasha), Bells, Stormin' Norman, Sweet Lou, Bird (not Larry), The Chief, JellyBean, Clyde.
Those were the good OLD days.

AK/BK,

I missed the actual Kurt Rambis interview with Dan Patrick but did catch
Dan talking about the interview. Dan asked Kurt if he had been promised the Lakers job, would he have taken the Timberwolves job? Kurt said obviously that he would not have taken the Minny job had he been guaranteed the Lakers job but that he didn’t feel that any assistant coach had been promised anything as far as succeeding Phil.

In fact, Kurt basically said that he did not think that Jerry Buss has even considered any other coach for the Lakers than Phil Jackson. Dan thinks reading between the lines that what happened is that Kurt asked Phil what his plans were and Phil said he loved the team and was happy with his health, leaving Kurt to feel that Phil was not going to be leaving anytime soon. That sounds like a good plan for me. Stay for another five years, Phil. By then Derek would be ready to take over as the Lakers head coach.

Tom

Heard about this lil wayne song a while back but didn't check it out until today ... it's a tribute to kobe ...

http://tinyurl.com/lq7ng5

I'm not sure if my blackness is happy or sad about that clip. I guess need to see the movie........

" Silk was a great player and who could forget his 20 foot layups" -Posted by: f1y0nwa11

I agree and up until today, the LAST time I heard "20 ft Lay Up" Chick was calling a game.... ahhhhhhh only you guys know what it feels like driving down PCH with Chick calling the game.. good times.. but Silk did have the ugliest jumper in Laker History.. McAdoo wasnt far behind..

D Ream;

Yeah - a lot better than being a Laker fan today.

131;

Right on - who cares about losing the second best player on a championship team.

Mamba24

Put me on the Say a Prayer for Jon Ks Dog

Good luck Delilah.

Gotta love Jamaal, he made bad shooting look soooo good.

>You don't have to own a basketball to play. There are >plenty of courts in most neighborhoods with pick up >games.

LAKER TRUTH,


Well, that's true in the US, but not around here. I will be happy if that was the reality around here.

>What's your point Nano? Do you have something against >poor people?? Or are you just another ignorant jackhole >who has never been out of the U.S.?

Posted by: The Infamous El Guapo | August 12, 2009 at 01:28 PM

I'm realizing why you're infamous, El Guapo. You are quick to judge, man.
I lived my whole life outside the US, i played soccer in streets, alleys, sand, pastures (i cut my right knee ligaments in one) and many other surfaces with rocks, paper balls, paper balls with ducktape, socks and wathever could resemble a ball. Well, i also played in courts and grass with proper equipment, but only as a grown up.

I'm not saying i'm poor, or was, i could be called middle class around here, but sports not called soccer or tennis aren't popular in my country, and tennis require equipment and payed courts, so, soccer is the only popular choice around here.

To play basketball, i need to go to a mormon church and hope they want to let me play. Or find a court with with a basket (equally difficult).

I love basketball, and i love soccer too.

Best of all, i love the Lakers!!

GO LAKERS!!!

SILKY SMOOTH…

One of the great benefits of being a fan of both the Bruins and the Lakers is being able to root for guys like Jamal Wilkes through their college as well as professional careers. Like Kareem, Jamal had a championship hiatus with another team (Golden State with Rick Barry) that interrupted his Bruin/Laker service. It’s why I have to root for Farmar. Anyway, I loved Wilkes “sling-shot jumpshot” and practiced it endlessly in my driveway as a kid. Yes, I am THAT old. LOL. In his time, one of the top NBA small forwards.

A task almost as difficult as picking your favorite Lakers championship team is doing the same for John Wooden’s NCAA run. And one thing that ran strong and true with all of the players from those teams was that they remained class players and human beings. And they all continued to display that selfless devotion to the principles that Wooden preached about basketball and life. Those were multiple dynasties crammed into a very brief span of years. Makes you wonder how many of Wooden’s players made it to the NBA. Maybe Blitz knows the answer or has the time and inclination to find it for us.

Sad and disappointing news about Rick Pitino. I was never a fan of the guy, especially after he started wearing Celtic green, and have to admit to gloating gleefully over his NBA failures but what a sad and unfortunate way to see your legacy get tarnished. Anyway, get your act together, Rick. Otherwise, you’re going to become another parody of how not to grow old gracefully. Nice looking woman. Hope she was worth it. LOL. What can I say. As a Bruin and Laker fan, I have to hate teams like Kentucky, Duke, and North Carolina or Boston, New York, or Cleveland.

Tom

Jon - I think the Rasual trade is great for the Clips... but I'm kind of scratching my head - just for a 2nd round pick? Sounds like a steal. So, the Clips have to jettison a couple contracts, no? I wonder if Madsen will be one.

Your Afghanistan solution is brilliant. And, of course, I'm pulling for your dog.

Thirty2 - what you say makes much sense. How likely do you think it is that they'll manage to sign Rubio? I haven't checked other sites the past couple days, any movement on that front?

K-bros, I'm sure there will be a host of posts regarding the new look Times page. I have a feeling that there won't be too many glowing ones. Like trying to find a blog in a haystack.

whoa! what a facelift! only one thing will never change, Lakers rule!

It's blog gone wild! What happened to Lakersblog's look?

WOW... Times New Roman font???! And Comment box at the top!
I must say the font kinda makes it hard to read.

We need a new poll - Do you think this will last? Yes/No.

And when they revert back to the previous layout, it would be like one of those events where you say "I remember when they....". LOL

"Maybe Blitz knows the answer or has the time and inclination to find it for us."

I'll try to get a list later Laker Tom but without a doubt the two most famous are Lew Acindor (Kareem) and Bill Walton (it was hard seeing him in Celtic green but he did bleed Bruin Blue).

Man, the new L.A. Times format looks super-dope.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Wow...looks like an actual newspaper up in here. Surely there must be a way to add SOME color to the page. This b&w Times New roman font is really hurting my eyes, truth be told.

THEY KILLED CORNBREAD! Maaan...that movie will wear your @$$ out! If any of you brothers consider checking that out on NetFlix, make sure to have a box of Kleenex waiting on standby. I have a hard time watching "Cornbread, Earl & Me" to this day over that scene! That, and Cochise's(Lawrence Hilton Jacobs) demise definitely rank among the top 5 most heartbreaking moments in Black Cinema.

Regarding Jon K's dog...

LET US PRAY

Dear Lord, we thank You for love. We thank You for family. You have shown and revealed to us that family is much bigger and greater than the people we are related to. Family includes friends from near and far. Family includes the communities that we dwell in. And, in this instance, family includes the pets You have blessed some of us to take care of.

We seek You now on behalf of Jon K's beloved family member Delilah. You are All-Powerful. Even You - and only You - can reach down into the soul of Jon's doggie and grant her the strength and comfort she needs to endure this surgery. Give the vets the wisdom & knowledge required to make the surgery a success. And comfort Jon in Your arms - reassuring him that You are on the case and that he can cast his burdens and fears upon You because You do care - even about the little doggies, kittys, fishes and everything that roams the earth. After all, You created everything.

We thank You for answered prayer...AMEN!

WOW... Times New Roman font???! And Comment box at the top!
I must say the font kinda makes it hard to read.

We need a new poll - Do you think this will last? Yes/No.

And when they revert back to the previous layout, it would be like one of those events where you say "I remember when they....". LOL


Posted by: SamLL | August 12, 2009 at 11:32 PM

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Yes hard to read and comments at top is weird. You scroll down to read and up to reply. Wow just misaligned and I don't see comments count and getting to next page is tedious as it overlaps on lame on last comment. Oh well, I hope just an experiment gone bad and will revert to new old style!

I saw Trevor Ariza as a cross between Coop and Silk. Yes he's gone but wish we still had him to develop. Just saying.


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