HoopsHype Dominique Wilkins rumors
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
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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