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"In the NBA, when everyone else tapped their feet to a 1-2-3, 1-2-3 beat, Wilkes would go 1 ... 2. He found a way to slip between the beats, and it proved to be completely disruptive, just as effective as the ultimate beat shifter, the crossover dribble. The crossover brings the rhythm to a complete stop. It makes fans go, "Ooooooh!" Wilkes simply made fans scratch their heads and say, "How did that happen?"
At least once a game, Wilkes would be open right in front of the basket, Magic would zip a pass to him and Wilkes had a layup. The layups were another thing that set Wilkes apart. Amid the Showtime Lakers' high-flying finishers such as Michael Cooper and James Worthy, you could count on Wilkes simply depositing the ball in the hoop.
That's another reason Wilkes slipped through NBA memories. The passes from Magic were usually more dazzling than the shots by Wilkes. Wilkes' play didn't do anything to draw attention to himself. He was just ... there. You noticed him only after he'd accomplished his goal, never before. He didn't taunt his opponents. He pointed fingers at teammates only to acknowledge a pass, never to accuse them."