The Credits:  "Silk"

Former UCLA and Lakers great Jamaal "Silk" Wilkes has been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Because of this accomplishment, the Lakers have also decided to retire his #52 jersey among the other Hall of Fame Lakers greats, an honor that could be considered greater than making the Hall itself.

Why the name "Silk?"

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He was an offensive wizard that ran like a gazelle in the open court and hit high release jumpers when the game slowed down. He was a smart cutter and always seemed to be able to find the creases in the defense where he could hurt them with a part of his refined offensive arsenal. He could make the game look easy with a style so smooth they called him Silk.

One day, Kobe Bryant will be in the Hall of Fame, and will have at least one number hanging in the rafters in Staples. I wonder if he'll use his speech to answer his critics and doubters like Mike did. He has no problem calling them out now. The guy we'd like to be good enough to get into that great Lakers circle, Andrew Bynum is listed day-to-day with an ankle sprain. Glad it's not serious. Except, Drew's injury means that Troy Murphy may start vs. the Nets tonight. Uh oh.

Elsewhere in the NBA, OKC's Kevin Durant thinks Russell Westbrook should shoot more, New Jersey's Deron Williams plays assistant GM, and Derrick Rose should come back before the playoffs. Also, the Miami Heat make a statement off the court. Finally, congrats to John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats. Can we move them up to the NBA and drop Charlotte to the SEC?

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