Atlanta Hawks Unveil a Dominique Wilkins Statue

by March 06, 2015
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A long-overdue statue of Dominique Wilkins was unveiled Thursday in Atlanta, as the Hawks honored the greatest player in franchise history.

Wilkins says the statue gives the Hawks some measure of pride and history now.

The Human Highlight Film played 12 seasons in the NBA, including stops in Boston, San Antonio and Orlando.

Per the AP:

Dominique Wilkins said his statue unveiled by the Atlanta Hawks means “we have history here now.” […] The granite sculpture unveiled on Thursday, which stands 13 ½ feet tall and weighs 18,500 pounds, captures Wilkins taking off for a dunk, holding the ball in his right hand.

 

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called Wilkins “one of the most entertaining players” in NBA history. […] “This statue stands for so much more than just your accomplishments on the court,” Silver said. “It’s a symbol of the fabric of the community that you’ve become and all that you’ve accomplished on and off the court.”

 

“Nobody loves this organization more than I love it,” Wilkins said. “I bleed and breathe Hawks. Even when I played for other teams I felt funny, because I was a Hawk.” […] “The statue stands for change in this city and this franchise,” Wilkins said. “It stands for history.”