HoopsHype Dominique Wilkins rumors

August 30, 2011 Updates

The Grizz Girls are going international. The Memphis Grizzlies Dance Team will take to Hong Kong for NBA Madness 2011, where they’ll represent the Grizzlies and the league at the fifth annual event that aims to bring NBA excitement abroad. Along with basketball legend Dominique Wilkins, the Grizz Girls will participate in selected venues to interact with fans and bring a piece of NBA entertainment overseas. “This is the first opportunity the Grizz Girls have had to represent the NBA overseas, so I’m thrilled that our girls will be able to showcase abroad the talents that members of Grizz Nation are already very familiar with,” said Tamara Moore, Grizz Girls Choreographer. “Whether on Beale Street or in Hong Kong, the Grizz Girls will perform with a brand of dancing that is entertaining and distinctly Memphis.” NBA.com

April 3, 2011 Updates

So, who is this 6-foot-2 guy who allegedly attacked/confronted 6-foot-8 Dominique Wilkins at courtside after Wednesday’s Hawks-Magic game regarding a reputed unpaid $12,500 haberdashery bill . . . and not only got beat down (video of “assailant’s” left eye confirmed Nique can still go strong to his right) but charged with battery by Atlanta law enforcement? “It was only a matter of time before someone stomped a mud hole in Rashan’s butt and walked it dry,” essentially proclaimed a former refereeing partner. “He was talented and troubled in the same way Tim Donaghy was talented and troubled. Both exhibited similar flashing warning signals. The league ignored the tell -tale signs of one and discharged the other. New York Post

Nobody has ever bothered to explain Michel’s expulsion, not that anybody asked or cared. This incident required me to wonder. According to someone with a hand on the pulse of such league liquidations, Michel lived in the fast lane during his tour and frequently got pulled over. “Supposedly he had a drinking-and-driving problem and was put on probation, at least once,” the source said. “That’s what I heard at the time. You’re obliged to alert the league if you get caught up in something inappropriate. Evidently he failed to do that and that was all she wrote.” New York Post

“The Human Highlight Film has a history of not paying people,” one former player stated by e-mail. Another message: “I don’t know the details of this episode. All I can say is that when Nique left Greece (‘96), he owed everybody money. New York Post

April 1, 2011 Updates

The former NBA referee who confronted TV analyst and former Hawks star Dominique Wilkins over unpaid custom clothes owes money himself, court documents show. Rashan S. Michel was charged with misdemeanor assault after he fought with Wilkins, claiming he owes $12,500 for custom clothing. Michel has also sued Wilkins in Fulton County State Court. Court documents show Michael himself was sued in Fulton County Magistrate Court in 2010 for $15,000, including $12,000 in unpaid rent for commercial real estate space on Edgewood Avenue. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

March 31, 2011 Updates

A former NBA referee was charged with attacking Hall of Famer and Atlanta Hawks television analyst Dominique Wilkins in a dispute over a clothing bill. Carlos Campos, an Atlanta police spokesman, said 36-year-old Rashan S. Michel was released early Thursday on $1,000 cash bond after being charged with two counts of simple battery. MSNBC.com

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A man has been accused of attacking basketball legend Dominique Wilkins inside Philips Arena after the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Orlando Magic, 85-82, on Wednesday night. The Hawks issued a statement that read: "The Atlanta Hawks are aware of a postgame altercation involving a fan who allegedly attacked VP of Basketball (and) TV analyst Dominique Wilkins. The fan was promptly arrested and taken into custody by the Atlanta Police Department. At this time, the Hawks have no additional information or comment regarding this situation." Boston Herald

The man who allegedly attacked NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins after Wednesday night's game said Wilkins owed him money, Atlanta police said. Rashan S. Michel, 36, was arrested and charged with one count of simple battery following the incident, Officer K.Y. Jones with Atlanta police told the AJC. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

February 17, 2011 Updates

The one-and-only Human Highlight Film, Dominique Wilkins, was at the Garden Wednesday night, lobbying for Blake Griffin to find a new nickname and thinking how good the Knicks would be if they pulled off a trade for Carmelo Anthony. First, the important stuff. "You can't give a guy that name, that name is enshrined," Wilkins, the grand old Atlanta Hawk, said, laughing. "He's got his own identity. Yeah, there are similarities in terms of power and dunking. But my game was totally different." New York Daily News

To go deeper in the playoffs, Wilkins needed a second star. That's what Amar'e Stoudemire might be facing, too, unless he can get a wing man such as Anthony. If the Knicks can make a trade for Anthony by next week's deadline, it would give them two of the top scorers in the NBA. But would it work? "I think Amar'e would adapt to that just fine," Wilkins said. "When you're playing with another great player and you've got a chance to do something special, you do what's necessary to build that chemistry. If it happened with me, I would have been fine with it. That would have taken a lot of pressure off me, absolutely." New York Daily News

January 3, 2011 Updates

Wilkins was a five-time participant in the dunk contest, beginning with the inaugural contest in 1984 and going out by winning for the second time in 1990. He squared off against the likes of Michael Jordan and Julius Erving, back when the sport’s biggest names had no problems battling for slam supremacy. Today’s players “don’t want to know who the best is,” Wilkins said at Staples Center before his color commentating duties on the Hawks- Clippers broadcast Sunday afternoon. “Simple as that. They don’t want to know who the best is. We always wanted to know. It’s that competition thing, where guys don’t want to compete on that level, in a one-on-one situation. It’s not just for you as an individual, it’s for the fans. That’s what we did it for. Yeah, we wanted to win, but it’s for the fans. Guys just don’t want to do it anymore.” ESPN.com

Entering the dunk contest would be a great opportunity for LeBron to win back some of the public relations points he lost with “The Decision” and add some luster to an All-Star Weekend event that felt so flat in Dallas last year some called for it to be eliminated. Some believe there’s too much downside, that if he lost the contest it would be another setback for him. The man who once lost to 5-foot-6 Spud Webb doesn’t want to hear it. “Even if you lose the dunk contest ... so what?” Wilkins said. “’He lost. It doesn’t hurt his potential legacy later in life. It’s a dunk contest for a weekend for his fans.” ESPN.com

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