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Dominique Wilkins

Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson & Darius Miles

The Players' Tribune

Comedy, Arts, Sports

53.3K Ratings

🗓️ 21 February 2023

⏱️ 90 minutes

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In honor of the Dunk Contest, this week we got The Human Highlight Reel and one of the greatest — if not, the greatest — dunkers ever, Dominique Wilkins, rolls

in’ through on Knuckleheads. Nique speaks on some playground legends who showed him the rock, dominating every level of basketball, and becoming one of the faces of Atlanta. You won’t want to miss this NBA legend’s look back. Tune in!

  1. Winning 56 games in a row in high school, being an All-American [ ]
  2. Choosing Georgia over Carolina schools [15ish ]
  3. Getting drafted by the Jazz but traded to the Hawks and instantly dominating in the NBA [22:30ish]
  4. Rivalry with Larry Bird, Celtics-Hawks series [25:15ish]
  5. The Dunk King, winning the Dunk Contests [33:02]
  6. Going head-to-head against MJ [ ]
  7. Averaging 30 ppg, not winning MVP [ ]

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NBA veterans Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles are lifelong friends and bona fide truth-tellers. Listen as they invite special guests, high-profile athletes, musicians and entertainers to get brutally honest about everything from current events to untold stories from the golden era of sports and culture. Named for the on-court celebration they made wildly popular, this unfiltered, hilarious and surprising podcast is like playing NBA 2K with no fouls.

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Yo yo yo we live on location me in the blackest one here in Orlando we local man today we got the Atlanta Hawks legend


Top 75 we got top 75 all the fans. He got a lot of old fuckers but listen more importantly he is known as the human highlight film in 2021


Oh, aka 21 we got me and Tick meek in the bill


Dominique Wilkins and we appreciate you all gee. I should never told you that


I like that Tick meek is great. Oh man. That's good


First off like thank you like you the first 21 21 yeah you the first 21 the first of all us that we looked up to getting them


buckets dunking the way you dunking so it's definitely an honor and a privilege to have thank you man.


So thanks for having me. I appreciate it guys. Purse friends I never knew you were born in Purse friends. Yeah my dad was in military like I think my dad 26 years army and my sister and I was born there we moved to the states I think I was five or six.


My actually my sister spoke fluent French. You know at that time but and I should go back you know once a year you know because I had a nanny actually who gave me the name Dominique.


Oh, you know. Okay. Yeah. So we were the first place you moved to Baltimore Maryland. That's why I grew up at rough Baltimore.


Okay. I love you. So I was 16. I left home when I was 16. Okay. At the bottom of the rough man. And I thought a friend of mine. You know die.


Uh-huh. And I remember telling my mom I said I'm leaving I can't live in the city. And I left home when I was 16.


When North Carolina got discovered on the playground the next morning. And I remember this older guy he said hey son you live here.


I'm like I don't know I'm not sure yet. He said well where you going you live. I'm like I don't know. So he looked at me he said come go with me and I don't know why I followed him.


So he took me to his home and he showed me a kitchen show me a bedroom he said you can have all this you just have to play for my high school team.


He was a high school coach. And that's how I started we went 76 and one and three years and stayed in North Carolina.


When you picked up the ball so you picked up the ball then Baltimore. Yeah. Yeah who won't introduce you to it.


Where was the playground legend Baltimore. Um when I was 12 and I don't know I guess he saw something and he said look I want you to come to the boys club every day because it wasn't the boys and girls.


And then there was big hero. That's how we knew him as big hero. Uh-huh. And I used to go to boys club every morning and work out with him.


He's teaching me the game of basketball. He said I'm going to teach you this game and he said you're going to owe me.


He said but not like you think he's the only thing I want from you is to give to someone else for about to give to you.


So he gave me the courage to leave on when I was 16 and so man you know it's funny to the old guys you should make me play and so old the kids for money.


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