Jamaal Wilkes


Jamaal (“Silk”) Wilkes is a four-time NBA World Champion, two-time NCAA champion under legendary coach John Wooden at UCLA, former NBA Rookie of the Year and a 2012 inductee into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. A vital component of the historic “Showtime” Lakers, his #52 Lakers and UCLA jerseys were both retired.

Off the court, Mr. Wilkes is a highly sought-after motivational speaker, philanthropist and author. He shares his personal journey in his new memoir, “Jamaal Wilkes: Memoirs of the Original Smooth as Silk.” He is a devoted husband and father whose story inspires, uplifts and amuses young and old—basketball and non-basketball fans alike.

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