Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Sidney Wicks


A 6’8″ power forward/center, Wicks was a phenom at UCLA, playing on three straight NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championships from 1969 to 1971, the Bruins’ star player on the latter two, being named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four in 1970, Helms National Co-Player of the Year (1970) USBWA and Sporting NewsContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Sidney Wicks”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Curtis Rowe


A 6’7″ forward from UCLA, Rowe was drafted by the Dallas Chaparrals in the 1971 ABA Draft and by the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the 1971 NBA Draft.[1] Rowe opted to sign with Detroit and the NBA. Rowe played eight seasons (1971–1979) in the National Basketball Association as a member of theContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Curtis Rowe”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …John Wooden


He was nicknamed the Wizard of Westwood, but to his players he was Coach Wooden. He coached the UCLA Bruins to 10 championships in 12 years, including 7 in a row.Within this period, his teams won a men’s basketball-record 88 consecutive games. Wooden’s streak of seven consecutive NCAA Championships is even more remarkable and impressiveContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …John Wooden”

Smallthoughts: Rants and Raves


Rants: UCLA…Can any one explain how they got in to the NCAA Tournament with their record and UConn did not? A real head scratcher. The defending champs don’t get to defend their title and instead hve to make do being in the NIT…meanwhile the Bruins were not even among the better teams out west…but theirContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Rants and Raves”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Jamaal Wilkes


One of the smoothest, steadiest and most productive forwards to ever play in the NBA (he possessed a deadly accurate jump shot from the corner that Hall of Fame Laker announcer Chick Hearn dubbed the “20 foot layup”) Jamaal “Smooth as Silk” Wilkes won championships at the scholastic, collegiate and professional levels. Wilkes was anContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Jamaal Wilkes”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Marques Johnson


Johnson was selected third overall in the 1977 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, who were coached by Don Nelson. Johnson helped lead Milwaukee to several division titles (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984). In his second season in 1978–79, he was the NBA’s third leading scorer (25.6 PPG), behind George Gervin (29.6) and Lloyd FreeContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Marques Johnson”