Dominique Wilkins Rumors
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.”
That got the discussion twisted toward trash talk, something Wilkins had brought in our earlier conversation. We wanted to know where Bird ranked on his list of verbal stars. “He was the best subtle trash talker,” Wilkins said of Bird. “He would say something almost like in a sass. He was going to be precise and to the point. There weren’t going to be a whole lot of words, but you were going to know what he meant.