Lenny Wilkens Rumors
Wilkens took pride in his defense and said he drew the assignment of guarding the likes of Jerry West, Oscar Robertson, Jerry Sloan and Walt Frazier — the opponent’s top guard. The NBA didn’t start tracking steals until 1973 when, at 36, Wilkens still managed 1.3 swipes per game for the Cavs. “I think that I would have led the league in steals if they had been keeping track early on,” Wilkens said. “I was a better player than a lot of people realize. I think that I contributed to the game. “When I was a player, I think that I worked hard at being as good as I could be. When I was a coach, it was the same thing. Each has its own reward, so to speak.”
Dwight Howard has more All-NBA selections (8) than any other player left off the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team. Howard has as many All-NBA selections as Dave DeBusschere, Kevin McHale, Earl Monroe, Dennis Rodman, Nate Thurmond, Wes Unseld, Lenny Wilkens, and James Worthy combined.
“Throughout his NBA coaching career, Dick Helm embodied everything that a world class Assistant Coach brings to the game. Over a career that spanned several decades, Dick helped countless players and Coaches become their very best while continually helping promote the NBA game. Dick worked with many NBA coaching greats, most notably, longtime former NBCA President Lenny Wilkens. Dick is an extremely fitting recipient for the Tex Winter Assistant Coach Lifetime Impact Award,” said Indiana Pacers Head Coach and NBCA President, Rick Carlisle.
Former Seattle SuperSonics great Jack Sikma is always on the search for a worthy cause. Sikma learned ex-teammate and basketball Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens was to be honored for his charitable work at a Sunday dinner hosted by Rise Above, a nonprofit partnering with the Kalispel Tribe to empower Native American youths. Flanked by former Seattle players Dale Ellis and Spencer Haywood at the fundraiser, Sikma was pleased to accept an invitation.
Rise Above, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering local Native youth with sports as its compass, is hosting a sports and wellness clinic at HUB Sports Center in Spokane Valley Monday, with a host of celebrity supporters in tow, including NBA Hall of Fame player and coach Lenny Wilkens, who led the Seattle Super Sonics to their only NBA championship in 1978, and actor Danny Glover.
One of the best coaches in basketball just entered another exclusive club. Gregg Popovich picked up the 1,300th regular season win of his career on Saturday, leading his San Antonio Spurs to a 120-104 win over the Chicago Bulls. Only two other coaches have achieved that milestone: Popovich’s mentor Don Nelson (1,335 regular season wins) and Lenny Wilkens (1,332).
Popovich also appears within striking distance of breaking Nelson’s record. While Nelson (1,335) and Lenny Wilkens (1,332) stand in first and second place among NBA coaches for most all-time wins, Popovich needs 48 more wins to top Nelson. With the Spurs (11-10) in 10th place in the Western Conference, how their mix of veterans and young players perform will determine both San Antonio’s playoff chances and if Popovich can further cement himself in the NBA record books. It also depends on how much longer Popovich wants to coach beyond this season after turning 72 last week. “He’ll get that after this year and one more probably,” Nelson said. “I hope he sticks around to get that record. I want him to have it.”