HoopsHype Dominique Wilkins rumors

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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

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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

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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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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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