HoopsHype Dominique Wilkins rumors

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

April 21, 2013 Updates

“Dunking on a little guy?” he added, bringing the LeBron-Terry play back into focus. “What’s the big thing about that? When you’re dunking on a Robert Parish or a Patrick Ewing or Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar) or guys like that, that’s something. That’s exciting. But if you dunked on then, you finished and went down the other end. There’s wasn’t any pointing at him, any calling out his name, You didn’t do that. No, no, no, no, no. You didn’t do none of that.” Boston Herald

April 14, 2013 Updates

When Dominique Wilkins heard about Kobe Bryant's plans for recovery from the Achilles tendon tear they have in common, his goal to be ready for the start of the Los Angeles Lakers' regular season six months from now, the Hall of Famer and former Atlanta Hawks star couldn't help but be skeptical. "That's tough, man. That's tough," Wilkins told USA TODAY Sports on Saturday. "As you get older, you don't heal as easily like we did when we were younger. Six months is quick. I will tell you that. "It took me nine months to really get back to the form and the level that I once played. He's got to be patient. That's the biggest thing for me. He has to be patient." USA Today Sports

If there's any good news here for Bryant, Wilkins said it's the fact that his legendary work ethic and internal drive are exactly what he will need to salvage the later stages of his career. And as was the case with Wilkins, the more critics the better. "I worked out twice a day for basically nine months," Wilkins said. "I was very driven to get back. You hear all the doubters, all the people saying, 'Oh, he's over 30 and he'll never make it back. And if you come back, you're not going to be any good.' I was determined to prove all the doubters wrong. "I felt like I had to prove something to myself, not to anybody else. And if I proved something to myself, then all the doubters would be proved wrong. And thank God, that's exactly what happened." USA Today Sports

April 7, 2013 Updates

Wilkins, the Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer who accompanied the Atlanta Hawks on their tour of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s, believes popularizing the sport in India will be more incremental than explosive. "I went with Basketball Without Borders for its first visit in 2008," said Wilkins, "and it was a very different experience than the Soviet Union of 30 years ago. Russia, even when the wall was coming down, all the Cold War stuff, was much more familiar with the game. But then when I went back to India again two years ago, I definitely could sense a difference. It's not leaps and bounds, but I think the access to information, social media, the Internet, getting more NBA games on television is changing things." Sacramento Bee

March 13, 2013 Updates
February 17, 2013 Updates

White also went for presentation points with his opening dunk, bringing out women dressed as flight attendants who formed a path on the court. White ran through them, finishing a jam after taking off a foot inside the foul line. No All-Stars competed in this year’s contest. Dominique Wilkins, a two-time winner, said it’s because the All-Stars were scared of losing. “I think it’s hard for them to accept who might be the best as far as the slam dunking which it doesn’t really affect your legacy as a player. I think a lot of the guys should do it. Especially for the fans alone they should do it,” Wilkins said. “I don’t know if it’s fear. I just think they don’t want to hear they lost to this guy or that guy.” New York Daily News

February 16, 2013 Updates

Besides being a perennial All-NBA performer for the Atlanta Hawks, Wilkins had several legendary dunk-offs against Michael Jordan on All-Star Weekend, including their 1988 showdown in the old Chicago Stadium. “I did the dunk contest at All-Star Weekend five times. Won it four times and got credit for two. Yes, I’ve heard over the years how I beat him in Chicago and Mike and I have talked about it a lot. He says that if it was in any other arena but Chicago Stadium, it would have turned out differently. I would have won. Back then, we did it for the fans. That’s all that mattered. We did it for the fun and the only way a guy didn’t do it is if he was banged up and couldn’t go. Don’t get me wrong, Michael wanted to win all of them, just like I did. But we always congratulated each other and were glad we did them. I didn’t really care if I got beat by Michael. It was just a joy for both of us, being out there dunking. And when I played against him, I knew that if I didn’t raise my level of play that night, we’d be in big trouble. I had to for Mike. He brought it every night. And that’s what we loved about going at each other. We worked hard and we went at each other every minute of every game. It was about competing on the highest level, on the biggest stage. There will never be another. I don’t care what anybody says. People can build their own name and build their own brand. But Michael Jordan is in a class all by himself." New York Daily News

Dominique Wilkins today reflected on his time with USA Basketball: "That was a great time. Dream Team II was unbelievable. That was an unbelievable team and to be with a lot of those guys, who I call characters now, Shaquille was a character. That was an unbelievable team and that was a great time to be a part of USA Basketball, to stand on that podium, to receive those gold medals pretty much killing everybody. There was nobody even close to us in that World Championship series. It was fun." Facebook.com

February 14, 2013 Updates

How are you getting ready for the dunk contest? Terrence Ross: I'm just practicing hard, just working the dunks I think I should be able to do at the contest. DeMar [DeRozan] is helping me, Rudy [Gay] is helping me a lot. DeMar is giving me some good advice on how to do some dunks and improve on my score while getting the crowd on my side. Who is the best dunker at the All Stars? Terrence Ross: I would say [Michael] Jordan and [Dominique] Wilkins, those two were the best. HoopsHype

February 7, 2013 Updates
January 18, 2013 Updates

To the one hundredth of one percent of humans who have experienced what it's like to bounce 40 inches-plus in the air with nothing but a pair high tops to get you there, jumping is an artistic expression. "It's an art form, it really is," Robinson says. "A guy like Gerald Green controls his hops and his jumps are for a purpose. Julius Erving had big hands. He was always moving the ball all around; he made it look like magic in the air. Then you have explosive dunkers who jump high and dunk hard like Dominique Wilkins. Me? I'm an energy jumper. My jumping ability is more like an explosive Dennis Rodman, and since I'm shorter, it looks crazy. I'm just a guy out there who's trying to show the world what I can do. Not too many 5-9 guys can dunk like I can." Yahoo! Sports

December 28, 2012 Updates

It's important to note that this New York Times feature isn't about famous people who died this year. It's regular people, with photos and remembrances submitted by their friends and family. And there, barely noticeable between a "devoted wife and mother" and an Egyptian immigrant doctor, is Dan Roundfield, the former NBA player who drowned in August trying to rescue his wife from rough seas. The brief note accompanying the photo was written by Dominique Wilkins, who played with Roundfield on the Hawks for two seasons. This wasn't commissioned by the Times—it was just Wilkins reaching out when he saw an opportunity to publicly honor his friend and teammate. Deadspin.com

November 9, 2012 Updates

The leader of the group – the massive, wide-bodied Mahorn – was in Sleep Train Arena, calling the game for Pistons radio, and he thought Robinson went over the edge. "That was dirty," Mahorn said Thursday when reached on his cellphone. "We all have mental lapses, but you don't take your frustration out in a way that will hurt somebody. I didn't have the physical gifts or the flight of a Dominique Wilkins. I used my body and my width to position. I would use my big (butt) to clear some room. "But we never tried to bust somebody in the mouth. You don't hit somebody in the face. You don't want to be that guy, because now everything he does is going to be looked at. The referees remember." Sacramento Bee

August 7, 2012 Updates

Roundfield was an established veteran when Dominique Wilkins, a likely Hall of Famer, entered the league in 1982. “Danny was the most honest and upfront person I knew and I’m very stunned at hearing the news of his death,” Wilkins said in a statement released by the organization. “Danny’s one of my closest friends and he was a tremendous influence on my NBA career, on and off the court. He taught me how to be a professional and took me under his wing. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, I will truly miss him.” FOXSportsSouth.com

January 25, 2012 Updates

The Atlanta Sports Council will recognize Hawks great Dominique Wilkins with its 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award. Wilkins will be honored as part of the award ceremony on Feb. 27 at the Fox Theatre. According to the Sports Council, the Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have made a positive impact on the sports world and their community throughout their career. Wilkins joins past Lifetime Achievement Award recipients Hank Aaron (2006), Vince Dooley (2007), Billy Payne (2008), Ted Turner (2009), Tom Cousins (2010) and Bobby Cox (2011). Wilkins currently serves in the Hawks front office and as an analyst for Fox Sports South telecasts. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October 22, 2011 Updates

The man arrested following a fight with Dominique Wilkins says he didn't provoke or threaten the former Hawks star, who then punched him repeatedly with his fists as basketball fans watched. Wilkins then lied to security guards about the fight, saying that Rashan Michel assaulted him, according to a lawsuit filed in Friday in Fulton County state court. Michel was arrested that night, March 30, and charged with misdemeanor battery. That charge was later dropped. Wilkins was not charged. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A former NBA referee turned custom clothier, Michel says Wilkins owes him $12,000 for custom suits. And when he saw Wilkins near the floor of Philips Arena, Michel approached him about the unpaid debt, according to the lawsuit, which also names the Atlanta Spirit, owner of the Hawks, as a defendant. "Seeing Wilkins in the stands on this particular occasion, Plaintiff (Michel) seized upon the opportunity to ask Wilkins about whether he intended to pay the debt," the lawsuit states. "Embarrassed that Plaintiff had mentioned the debt, Wilkins began arguing with Plaintiff, shouting ‘I built this house!' and cursing Plaintiff for bringing up the matter in front of his peers." Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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