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March 5, 2015 Updates

TANDEM: The @Dominique Wilkins statue is unveiled! #NiqueWeek #TrueLegend pic.twitter.com/ooMfet72Y7 Twitter

March 4, 2015 Updates

Sources say that Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins, meanwhile, is also expected to be a prominent member of a bid for the Hawks, though it remains to be seen whether Wilkins plans to join one of the groups known to be in the running or if he will make a run at the team with his own group. ESPN.com

March 1, 2015 Updates

So with the Hawks set to unveil a statue of Dominique on Thursday, we figured it was appropriate to check in with him again — first to discuss the honor, then to extract more tales from the old days. The granite sculpture eventually will reside outside Atlanta’s Philips Arena, and the Hall of Famer is understandably proud. “It just puts a stamp on your career,” he said. “It’s very weird, and it’s almost surreal. Growing up, you never think about stuff like getting a statue. But to be immortalized that way is unbelievable. And the closer it gets, the more unbelievable it is. It’s a nervous feeling, but it’s a good nervous.” Boston Herald

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The NBA announced its four legends for the Shooting Stars competition at All-Star Weekend, going away from the traditional city-affiliated teams, which enables Stephen Curry to be joined by his father, Dell, on Team Curry. Other legends who will participate are Dominique Wilkins, Scottie Pippen, and Penny Hardaway. Chris Bosh, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook are leading their teams, while Swin Cash, Elena Della Donne, Sue Bird, and Tamika Catchings are the WNBA players participating. Boston Globe

February 5, 2015 Updates

Chris Bosh will once again be paired with NBA Legend Dominique Wilkins and WNBA player Swin Cash as they look to become the first three-peat Shooting Stars champions after winning the event the previous two years, once during the 2012 competition in Houston and then again during the 2013 event in New Orleans. Bosh, a 10-time NBA All-Star, has appeared in 41 games (all starts) with the HEAT this season averaging 21.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 35.3 minutes. He leads the team in points (867) and rebounds (299) this season and scored the 16,000th point of his career on January 25 at Chicago and grabbed his 7,000th career rebound on November 22 at Orlando. He connected on at least one three-point field goal in a career-high 10 consecutive games from November 16 through December 5 and has already totaled six 30-point games this season after doing so two times all of last year. NBA.com

December 21, 2014 Updates

Michael Jordan has said it before. He’s not alone, a lot of players who come from the 1980s and 1990s look at today’s NBA defenses where there can be no contact, no hand checks allowed on the permitter, and they drool. They think about they contact they had to fight through, the grabbing and pulling, just to get a contested look, then they look at today’s rules and picture the easy points piling up. Add Dominique Wilkins to that group. If you played in this era you could just light it up nightly, Nique? “Yea, pretty much. It’d be easier to score that’s for sure,” Wilkins told ProBasketballTalk. “It was a great time to be part of basketball.” NBCSports.com

November 3, 2014 Updates

The Hawks are a good team, but not a title contender because they do not have what the NBA covets most, a superstar, a singular talent, like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, or Carmelo Anthony, etc. It was the Knicks' Anthony who told ESPN that the Hawks would have a hard time getting a free agent star because of the Levenson-Ferry scandal. "I don't buy that," said Wilkins, a front office executive and part of the team's broadcasts. "Do they want to come in with the negativity, of course not. But this is a great town to live in. This franchise has been to the playoffs seven straight years. This is a healing process. If it's genuine, guys will come." USA Today Sports

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Q How do we fix the NBA Slam Dunk contest — and can it ever be like it was when you and Michael Jordan were going head to head? Dominique Wilkins: Well, it’s never going to be like me and MJ [laughs]. But I think it can get back to that excitement if all the best athletes get in it. For whatever reason, they don’t. I think [players] are afraid of losing. Guys feel now that their brand is more important so they’re afraid to do it, for whatever reason. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

September 29, 2014 Updates

Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins has been named as special advisor to CEO Steve Koonin, the team announced Monday. He was signed to a long-term contract and will continue in his role as Vice President of Basketball. The Hawks also officially announced that a statue of Wilkins will be erected at Philips Arena. The news was previously revealed during a Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed press conference earlier this month. “There is no player more deserving of such an honor than Dominique for his continued commitment to the Hawks and the City of Atlanta,” Koonin said in a statement. “Beyond his amazing play on the court during his Hall-of-Fame career, he has been an ambassador for this franchise and the city for three decades. For all he has accomplished and continues to do for the Hawks franchise and the City of Atlanta, we are proud to bestow this permanent recognition of his legacy.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena today announced plans to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Philips Arena and will construct a larger-than-life-size statue of Hawks' legend Dominique Wilkins. The statue, which is to be unveiled at a special ceremony at Philips Arena on March 5, 2015, will be a symbol of the Hawks' legend's success as a player both on and off the court. Details of the statue and the ceremony will be released at a later date. Additionally, the Hawks have named Wilkins as Special Advisor to CEO Steve Koonin and signed the legend to a new long-term partnership. He will also continue in his role as Vice President of Basketball. CBSSports.com

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TMZ Sports has learned NBA legend Dominique Wilkins is actively trying to become the next owner of the Atlanta Hawks. Multiple NBA sources tell us ... Dominique is "extremely interested" in becoming the next owner of the Hawks -- and has already been pre-approved for ownership by the NBA. TMZ.com

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