Dominique Wilkins Rumors
Q: What are your reflections about your time with the Hawks and your two years in the NBA? Pero Antic: Expect the unexpected! I would not talk about the results that we made, but more important than that are the people around and within the team. Everything starts with COACH BUD. He taught me so much about life, family, basketball and so many other things. I would miss him a lot. I’m so happy that I met a person like him in my life, that has accomplish so much in life and still he is down to earth. My teammates and the other coaching stuff that made it all easier for me – from my El Capitano Al Horford to the old man my mentor Elton Brand and Dominique Wilkins. People are great. The city is beautiful and the whole HAWKS organization was my family. We all built something great. Maybe the best chemistry in the league I wish them a lot of health and more happiness for the HAWKS and the city of ATLANTA. TRU TO ATLANTA.
Dominique Wilkins on the passing of Moses Malone: “I am extremely saddened to hear of Moses’ passing this morning. This is extremely tough for me. I am completely in shock and words can’t express the pain and loss I am feeling right now. We had a mutual respect when we played against each other and I was fortunate enough to have called him a teammate and close friend. Even before we played together, he was one of the first greats who truly mentored me and showed me how to be a professional. I never saw anyone work harder than Moses and away from basketball, he was just as kind and thoughtful. The entire Hawks organization sends its condolences to his family and friends.”
CBSSports.com: You played on Dream Team II, do you feel like that team has been overlooked? Some critics have called the team arrogant or cocky. Dominique Wilkins: Look at that team, man. You tell me if you think they were overlooked. There are so many Hall of Famers on that team. If the arrogance comes from the attitude on winning, then I’ll buy that. As far as guys, that was a great group of guys. We had fun together, there wasn’t an arrogant guy on that team.
Sources say that Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins, meanwhile, is also expected to be a prominent member of a bid for the Hawks, though it remains to be seen whether Wilkins plans to join one of the groups known to be in the running or if he will make a run at the team with his own group.
So with the Hawks set to unveil a statue of Dominique on Thursday, we figured it was appropriate to check in with him again — first to discuss the honor, then to extract more tales from the old days. The granite sculpture eventually will reside outside Atlanta’s Philips Arena, and the Hall of Famer is understandably proud. “It just puts a stamp on your career,” he said. “It’s very weird, and it’s almost surreal. Growing up, you never think about stuff like getting a statue. But to be immortalized that way is unbelievable. And the closer it gets, the more unbelievable it is. It’s a nervous feeling, but it’s a good nervous.”