Posts Tagged ‘Dominique Wilkins’

Dominique Wilkins takes on 2 Chainz in HORSE

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night in Atlanta, the Hawks not only clinched first place in the Eastern Conference, but they did while rapper 2 Chainz was serving as the team’s honorary CEO for the evening. You got your 2 Chainz shirt from the Hawks Shop before they sold out, right?

Date night. Hope wifey doesn't mind if I wear this.

A photo posted by Lang Whitaker (@langwhitaker) on

So with Mr. Chainz in Philips Arena for the game last night, it was only right that he squared off against another ATL legend, Dominique Wilkins, in a game of HORSE.

Just played a game of horse Vs Dominique…..straight served him haaaa #TRU2atlanta

A video posted by 2 Chainz Aka Tity Boi (@hairweavekiller) on

2 Chainz can shoot! Looks like he wants to be not just the CEO, but a player as well…

Larry Bird can’t stop talking trash to Dominique Wilkins

Atlanta Hawks vs. Boston Celtics

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERLarry Bird was known for not only being one of the greatest players of all time, he was also known as one of the greatest trash talkers to ever play the game. Back in his day, Bird would talk trash to anyone he had to square off against. In fact, just a few weeks ago, Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins told a funny story about Bird talking trash to him…

“One of the first times I ever played against him, I went out for the opening tip and I went to shake his hand. He just stood there and looked at me stone-faced with his hands behind his back,” Wilkins said recently.

“I was like, ‘Whoa.’ Then we were getting ready for the tip and he says to me, ‘You don’t belong in this league, Homes.’ I couldn’t believe it, but it happened so fast, I didn’t know what to think.

“Then they had the ball and I was on him and he said, ‘I don’t know why they got you guarding me, Homes. You can’t guard me.’ Then, whap, he hit a 3. Then he came down again and said, ‘They made a mistake putting you on me, Homes,’ and he took another 3.”

Getting into the story, Wilkins began to act things out with his facial expressions.

“So now I’m hot,” he said. “I’m hot. I mean, I’m steaming.

“Then a little while later, I came down on a break and he was backpedaling. I just went right after him. I jumped up and he tried to challenge, but I took that right through the rim. He fell and hit the basket support.

“He got up and said, ‘I like you, rookie. You’ve got(guts).’ I was happy for a second, and then he said, ‘But I’m still going for 40 on you tonight.’ ”

He then paused the story, stepped back and smiled.

“But I got him,” Wilkins said. “He only scored 39.”

So it was only fitting that yesterday, as the Atlanta Hawks unveiled a new statue in honor of Wilkins, Bird was involved. Bird was unable to be there in person, but he appeared via video and couldn’t help but take another poke at Wilkins…

Atlanta Hawks unveil Twitter tribute to Dominique Wilkins

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s a big week for Dominique Wilkins, the Hawks legend who is having a statue made in his honor unveiled today in Atlanta. For those of us who grew us in Atlanta, Nique was everything, as I wrote about today here on But before the statue is unveiled, the Hawks broke out a lo-fi but equally cool tribute to The Human Highlight Film: artwork made from characters. It’s no statue, but it’s a lot easier to copy and paste…

Throwback Thursday: NBA Statues

VIDEO: The Starters: Dominique Wilkins Statue

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: NBA Statues

The Atlanta Hawks will immortalize legendary forward Dominique Wilkins with a statue unveiling at Phillips Arena on Saturday. Wilkins was a 9-time All-Star and averaged 26.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.4 steals during his 12 seasons with the Hawks.

As Atlanta prepares to set Wilkins’ history in stone, this Throwback Thursday, we look back at other NBA legends who have been immortalized through statue.

Gallery: Throwback Thursday: NBA Statues

Which NBA statue do you like best? Leave your comments below!

NBA mascots are running wild

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Let’s agree on this: Someone needs to do something. Because NBA mascots seem like they’re starting to get a little full of themselves. They’re running wild, their behavior unchecked, and we don’t know where they will strike next. Well, actually, we have a pretty good idea where they may turn up next — messing with an NBA announcer. Here are two examples from the past week, where the San Antonio Coyote popped up behind Spurs radio broadcaster Bill Schoening, and then in Chicago, Benny the Bull does something similar to Hawks announcers Bob Rathbun and Dominique Wilkins. So NBA broadcasters, watch your backs. The mascots are coming for us all!

VIDEO: Coyote surprise

Happy Birthday Dominique Wilkins

Wilkins dunks

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Welcome to a new occasionally recurring feature here on All Ball, in which we celebrate the birthday of an NBA great by delving into the highlight vaults. And who better to begin with than the man known as the Human Highlight Film, legendary Atlanta Hawks forward (and NBA Hall of Famer) Dominique Wilkins?

Nique, a 10 9-time All-Star, played 15 NBA seasons and scored 26,668 points, which has him currently in 12th place all-time. Of course, Nique was also one of the great dunkers of his era, winning the Slam Dunk Contest in 1985 and 1990. Dominique is currently the Atlanta Hawks’ vice president of basketball, and works as a color commentator for Hawks games.

To celebrate Nique’s big day, let’s go the video…

Dominique wins the 1985 Dunk Contest

VIDEO: 85 Dunk

Dominique vs. Larry Bird in the 1988 Playoffs

VIDEO: Nique vs Bird

Dominique’s Top 10 Dunks

VIDEO: Nique Top 10

Hawks Cheerleaders Cover Miley Cyrus

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There are certain things you have to hear when you’re at an NBA game — announcements from the home team to the crowd about basic services and rules. But that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. The Atlanta Hawks already kicked up their pre-game announcements a few months back by setting them to the tune of Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines.” Their latest video covers similar ground, but is set to Miley Cyrus‘s “Wrecking Ball,” replete with a lip-synching cameo from legendary Hawk Dominique Wilkins, as well as a pixellated Harry the Hawk swinging on a wrecking ball.

VIDEO: Wrecking Hawk

Throwback Thursday: A Slam Dunk-A-Thon

VIDEO: Some of the all-time best Dunk Contest jams

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s TBT topic: NBA TV’s Slam Dunk-A-Thon

By Jeff Case & Jonathan Hartzell,

What’s better than watching a Slam Dunk Contest from the NBA’s archives? How about whole day of watching Slam Dunk Contests? That’s exactly what NBA TV has in store today starting at 10 a.m. ET and going until 5 p.m. ET, with more Dunk Contests airing again from 7 p.m. ET Thursday to 2 a.m ET on Friday.

You’ll see every Slam Dunk Contest in history (yes, even the first-ever one at the ABA All-Star Game in 1976 that featured Julius “Dr. J” Erving). It’s a great time to look back at an era when All-Stars like Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins and Clyde Drexler were regular participants in the event.

And, you can look forward to this year’s Sprite Slam Dunk contest, which features three All-Stars (Damian Lillard, Paul George and John Wall) for the first time since the 1988 edition (when Wilkins, Jordan and Drexler participated).

To celebrate the big day of TV watching on NBA TV, here are some of the most iconic Slam Dunk Contest images of all-time:

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)

Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Slam Dunk History

What was your favorite dunk contest moment? Leave your comments below!

Allow Me To Introduce Myself…

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Well, hello there. My name is Lang Whitaker, and up until this point, I’ve been something of an interloper around these parts the last few years, popping in irregularly to speak on the NBA on podcasts or in video clips. But now I’m here to stay. So we better get used to each other.

A little about me? I was born in Atlanta. I went to elementary, middle and high school in Atlanta. I went to college at UGA. I worked in Atlanta for a while after that. I moved to New York City in the fall of 2000, and I’ve lived here in NYC ever since. I root hard for the Atlanta Hawks, the Atlanta Braves, the Georgia Bulldogs, Manchester United and the Atlanta Falcons.

For the last 13 years, I worked for SLAM magazine. From about 2001-09, I wrote five days a week on for a column called “The Links.” I also wrote about a hundred features on various NBA players. In 2011, I left my full-time gig at SLAM and started doing other stuff alongside limited SLAM duties. I wrote a book. I wrote for newspapers and magazines and web sites. I took a few deep breaths.

And now I’m here. I’ll be writing here on the All Ball Blog every day. Once a week I’ll be podcasting with Sekou Smith and Rick Fox. I chat with folks on TNT Overtime during some of the TNT games. And from time to time you might even see my mug pop up on NBA TV.

For now, I’ve got to get settled in here. So while I figure out how to check my email on my phone, here are some other things you might want to know about me: I like to cook. I like to eat. I like to put soy sauce and sriracha on just about everything. My favorite restaurants include, but are not limited to: Red Rooster Harlem, Ma Peche, and Waffle House (any location). I have been married for nine years. I have a dog named Starbury. I have a son who is four months old, whose main objective in life right now is to make sure I don’t sleep more than a few hours at a time. I love sneakers and sportswear. I like to play golf. I like to watch TV and movies. If I had to pick a character on “Duck Dynasty” that I would most like to hang out with, it would be Uncle Si.

My favorite director is Wes Anderson. I think a billion dollar idea might be disposable tissues that clean your eyeglasses without leaving any streaks. I believe in the sovereignty of the SEC. I enjoy playing video games so much that I have to try and avoid playing them. I’m going to start working out again pretty soon, I swear. My favorite writers include, but are not limited to, Truman Capote, John Irving, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nick Hornby, David Sedaris and Mike Sager. I read the New Yorker cover-to-cover every week. I feel like anyone who serves unsweetened iced tea has some nerve. I believe that OutKast is the greatest hip-hop group of all-time, and I also believe that Big Boi is perpetually underrated. Branford is my favorite Marsalis. Tyrion is my favorite Lannister. Khloe is my favorite Kardashian. Finally, I believe that above all else, basketball is a game, and it should be fun to follow.

The last point is the most relevant to who I am, and to this blog. I love this game, and this blog will hopefully reflect that and celebrate that, every day. I’m sure I’ll reveal more about myself (and learn more about myself) as we go along here, and I’d like to learn more about you guys, too. If you have thoughts, ideas, links, whatever, leave a comment down below, or email me using the link up top in the header, or tweet via the link up above.

And just so I don’t leave you with nothing to chew on, here’s my favorite NBA-related YouTube video of all-time. This video explains my NBA fandom in many ways, from celebration of the game itself to the blind, ultimately misguided optimism. I’m old enough that I remember when this song was released, and I remain hopeful that one of these days the Atlanta Hawks will recycle this both as a marketing slogan and a theme song.

Some entertainment suggestions for teams without 1st-round picks

by Micah Hart

Quick story — when I worked for the Hawks, draft night was always a huge production. It was probably my busiest night of the year, between liveblogging, interviewing front-office types, owners, new draft picks, etc. All except for 2008, when the team, thanks to previous trades for Joe Johnson and Mike Bibby, had no draft picks at all. My God was that a boring night. Draft night is no fun when you are watching the entire thing from the sidelines.

Fortunately there are no teams that are completely sans draft choices this year, but there are seven squads without first-round selections at this point, which means the top half of the evening will be fairly uneventful for their fan bases.

With that in mind, here are some entertainment suggestions to help them bridge the gap between the start of the evening’s festivities and your team’s respective draft slot.

L.A. Clippers
No picks until: 37th pick – also have 47th
Entertainment suggestion: If I’m a Clips fan, all I am doing tonight and any other night is watching reruns of Blake Griffin highlights and thanking whichever gods I pray to that he’s on my team.