HoopsHype Dominique Wilkins rumors

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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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NBA All-Stars Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and John Wall of the Washington Wizards headline the list of dunkers in the 2014 Sprite Slam Dunk (#SpriteSlam), taking place during State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night (#StateFarmSaturday) at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 15. Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors and Ben McLemore of the Sacramento Kings fill out the Western Conference teams, while reigning Sprite Slam Dunk champion Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors completes the East roster. This year's event will feature the participants competing as a team -- three players representing the Eastern Conference and three players representing the Western Conference -- in an above-the-rim two-round format. In a significant first in the event's history, the competition will tip off with a Freestyle Round where the dunkers for each conference will have 90 seconds to showcase as many dunks as they want. At the conclusion of the Freestyle Round, the panel of judges will then choose a winner by voting "East" or "West." The winning conference will earn the advantage of deciding whether its dunkers will dunk first or second in the head-to-head battles that take place in the Battle Round. NBA.com

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Wilkins, who was known as the Human Highlight Film for his explosive dunking ability as a player, told Starsport: “Eventually it’s going to happen. It’s inevitable. “I mean, whoever thought the NBA would play regular season games here? Nobody! But they’ve been doing it for years now. “Will it be the Hawks who come here? Hopefully not! I’d hate to leave Atlanta. But it could be a completely new franchise. An expansion. That’s the most likely thing. “I think it would be a good thing for the sport. It grows the borders for basketball worldwide. London would definitely be an attractive venue for that. “We all saw how well London put on the Olympics last summer and how great the basketball venue was. London would be a very attractive capital city for an NBA franchise. “I don’t think the travel would be an issue either. NBA teams already do a lot of flying all over north America. If you get the planning right it wouldn’t be a problem.” Daily Star

September 2, 2013 Updates

Isaiah Wilkins, the stepson of NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, is headed out of state for his college career. The 6-foot-8 forward from Greater Atlanta Christian committed to Virginia over Memphis, Miami, SMU and Wichita State on Sunday. Wilkins got an assist in recruiting from stepfather, who starred at UGA and for the Atlanta Hawks. “He helped me out a lot with the recruiting,” Wilkins told dailyprogress.com. “He didn’t try to make me go to [any particular school] or anything like that. He just told me kind of what to expect and how to go about things.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

May 22, 2013 Updates

The Hawks and Celtics occupied much different places in the NBA pecking order in 1988, but the tide was turning. Boston won the title in 1986 with what some consider the greatest team in NBA history, but lost in the Finals to the Lakers in 1987 and faced challenges from up-and-coming squads in Detroit, Chicago and Atlanta. The Hawks finished the 1987-88 season 50-32, and after dispatching the Milwaukee Bucks in round one, matched up with Boston in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Dominique Wilkins (Hawks small forward): We thought we were going to win it that year. We really did. We felt good about the way we were playing, particularly the second half of the season. We just grew to have so much confidence in ourselves and each other that we believed we could have won. Larry Bird (Celtics small forward): They were up and coming. They were young. They played together, and Dominique was the leader. They had the makings of a great basketball team. NBA.com

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