NBA icon Dominique Wilkins remembers his 1988 All-Star Dunk Contest duel with Michael Jordan. Live NBA All-Star Saturday Night Sunday 17th February 1:00am Wilkins' famous head to head with the six-time NBA champion in Chicago forms part of Jordan's rich All-Star legacy, one that continues this weekend as the team he owns, the Charlotte Hornets, host the 2019 All-Star festivities. Wilkins, known as the 'Human Highlight Reel', led going into the final round before Jordan completed his trio of slams with his iconic free-throw line dunk that scored a perfect 50 and earned 'His Airness' a second straight Dunk Contest triumph. Three decades later Wilkins recalls: "I think it was the greatest Dunk Contest ever because you had two great players competing. I wanted to know who the best was. The energy in that place on that night was unbelievable. "Dunking was a part of my game that I cherished and going against a guy with the same type of ability like Michael Jordan... he was … [Read more...] about All-Star Weekend 2019: Dominique Wilkins remembers 1988 Dunk Contest duel with Michael Jordan
Jacob Janower @JanowerJacob Updated at 4:12 p.m. ET Updated at 4:12 p.m. ET Although the modern-day version of the NBA's Slam Dunk Contest doesn't attract as many big names as other All-Star events, it remains a hit due to its storied history and memorable moments it's brought since debuting in 1984. The event has given rise to some of the NBA's smallest players, including in 1986, when 5-7 Spud Webb defeated his Hawks teammate and defending champion Dominique Wilkins. Webb remains the shortest player to win the win the event, but 5-9 Nate Robinson has the most dunk contest titles (3) from his dominant run last decade. MORE: Watch the all-time best Dunk Contest throw-downs Other legendary Dunk Contest moments include Michael Jordan winning in Chicago in 1988, Vince Carter's performance in 2000 and Blake Griffin jumping over a car in 2011. The 2019 version lacks that type of … [Read more...] about NBA Slam Dunk Contest history: Past winners, participants, all-time great moments
If you were to give Tom Crean a nickname, it might be "Caffeine." To watch the first-year Georgia basketball coach pace the sideline is to come to view the Energizer Bunny as a sloth. In fact, on Monday morning, when a verbal commitment from No. 2 recruit (according to 247Sports.com) and Atlanta native Anthony Edwards gave Bulldogs hoops its best recruiting news since Dominique Wilkins joined the program prior to the 1979-80 season, one of the five-star guard's reasons for picking Georgia was as follows: "On my visit we watched film together, and (Crean) talks with so much energy." But this past Saturday evening Crean talked with too much frustration. After watching his Bulldogs bullied by Ole Miss during a 80-64 home loss that included the return of 90 UGA basketball lettermen, Caffeine Crean sounded as if he'd had three too many double espressos, causing his lips to move twice as fast as his brain. Though he sort of took the blame for the loss, the coach's excuse for the Dawgs' … [Read more...] about Wiedmer: Georgia players deserve better from Tom Crean
The Dr. Pepper TEN Classic's opening game between Atlanta Holy Spirit and our town's Hamilton Heights Christian Academy was less than five seconds old Friday night when Holy Spirit's Anthony Edwards emphatically delivered a dunk to end all dunks, much to the delight of the packed house at McCallie School's Student Activities Center. Then, a few seconds later, he deftly feathered through a long 3-pointer off the left side, just in case anyone was still wondering why he's regarded as no worse than the second best player in the country in the 2019 recruiting class. Said Hamilton Heights coach Zach Ferrell of Edwards after the senior had scored 34 points in a 72-68 loss to the Hawks: "He's a pro. He's a certain lottery pick down the road. He has everything you'd want in a player. He's athletic; he's skilled; he's composed. He's pretty much got a pro body (6-foot-5, 215 pounds) now. He's the best player we've gone against all year, and we've faced (James) Wiseman twice." For those who don't … [Read more...] about Wiedmer: Could Georgia get its best hoops signee since Dominique Wilkins?
By Mark Medina | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: February 5, 2019 at 2:23 pm | UPDATED: February 5, 2019 at 2:24 pm OAKLAND – The words carried plenty of significance, both because of DeMarcus Cousins’ experience with an Achilles injury and his close friendship with Washington Wizards guard John Wall. Wall, who already had season-ending surgery on his left heel on Jan. 8, will be sidelined for about the next 12 months after rupturing his left Achilles tendon on Tuesday. The Wizards said that Wall slipped and fell at his home last week. So, Cousins spoke with Wall on Tuesday morning. “It sucks. It’s unfortunate,” said Cousins who injured his left Achilles tendon last season with the New Orleans Pelicans. “But me knowing John as well as I do, I know he’ll overcome this. There’s no doubt in my mind about that. He’s overcome a lot more obstacles in his life. Just add this to the list.” Wall will … [Read more...] about What DeMarcus Cousins thinks of John Wall’s Achilles injury