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Michael Jordan glides in for a dunk during a 1989 Bulls-Hawks game. (John W. McDonough/SI)

GALLERY: Michael Jordan’s Hall of Fame Career

Michael Jordan glides in for a dunk during a 1989 Bulls-Hawks game. (John W. McDonough/SI)
GALLERY: Michael Jordan’s Hall of Fame Career

University of Georgia forward Dominique Wilkins dunks during a 1981 SI Photo shoot at Stegemen Coliseum in Athens, Ga. (Manny Millan/SI)

SI VAULT: Wilkins turned down pros for one more year at UGA (11.30.81)

University of Georgia forward Dominique Wilkins dunks during a 1981 SI Photo shoot at Stegemen Coliseum in Athens, Ga. (Manny Millan/SI)
SI VAULT: Wilkins turned down pros for one more year at UGA (11.30.81)

Dominique Wilkins unleashes a dunk during the 1988 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. (Walter Iooss Jr/SI)

GALLERY: NBA Slam Dunk Contest Winners (1984-2012)

Dominique Wilkins unleashes a dunk during the 1988 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. (Walter Iooss Jr/SI)
GALLERY: NBA Slam Dunk Contest Winners (1984-2012)

Dominique Wilkins goes for a dunk during a 1991 Hawks-Knicks game at Madison Square Garden. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images)

GALLERY: NBA Dunk Contest Winners (1984-2012)
SI VAULT: Wilkins soaring again for Hawks (12.7.92)

Dominique Wilkins goes for a dunk during a 1991 Hawks-Knicks game at Madison Square Garden. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images)
GALLERY: NBA Dunk Contest Winners (1984-2012)SI VAULT: Wilkins soaring again for Hawks (12.7.92)

A view from the upper bowels of the Boston Garden before a 1988 Celtics-Hawks playoff game. (Corbis)

GALLERY: Iconic Photos of the Boston Celtics

A view from the upper bowels of the Boston Garden before a 1988 Celtics-Hawks playoff game. (Corbis)
GALLERY: Iconic Photos of the Boston Celtics

The Hawks may have traded Joe Johnson to the Nets, but longtime forward Josh Smith is excited about the direction of the team, writes SI’s Sam Amick. Smith noted the abundance of shooters and think the run-and-gun Hawks could surprise some teams this season, especially if the team acquires Magic center Dwight Howard. (Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

AMICKRejuvenated in Atlanta, Smith holding out hope for Dwight Howard

The Hawks may have traded Joe Johnson to the Nets, but longtime forward Josh Smith is excited about the direction of the team, writes SI’s Sam Amick. Smith noted the abundance of shooters and think the run-and-gun Hawks could surprise some teams this season, especially if the team acquires Magic center Dwight Howard. (Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
AMICK: Rejuvenated in Atlanta, Smith holding out hope for Dwight Howard

Happy 49th birthday Spud Webb. The former Slam Dunk champion is currently the President of Basketball Operations for the Texas Legends, the D-League affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

GALLERY: Classic NBA All-Star Moments 

Happy 49th birthday Spud Webb. The former Slam Dunk champion is currently the President of Basketball Operations for the Texas Legends, the D-League affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
GALLERY: Classic NBA All-Star Moments 

Larry Bird backs Dominique Wilkins into the post during Game 7 of the 1988 Eastern Conference Semifinals. Bird scored 34 points, 20 in the fourth-quarter, while Wilkins poured in 47 in a losing effort as Boston advanced to play Detroit in the Eastern Conference Finals. Are the Celtics and Hawks heading to another memorable Game 7? The Hawks survived on Tuesday with a 87-86 victory to force a Game 6 on Thursday. (Manny Millan/SI)

TROCCHI: Horford fuels Hawks to victory 
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Larry Bird 

Larry Bird backs Dominique Wilkins into the post during Game 7 of the 1988 Eastern Conference Semifinals. Bird scored 34 points, 20 in the fourth-quarter, while Wilkins poured in 47 in a losing effort as Boston advanced to play Detroit in the Eastern Conference Finals. Are the Celtics and Hawks heading to another memorable Game 7? The Hawks survived on Tuesday with a 87-86 victory to force a Game 6 on Thursday. (Manny Millan/SI)
TROCCHI: Horford fuels Hawks to victory GALLERY: Rare Photos of Larry Bird 

Celtics forward Paul Pierce takes in the roar of the TD Garden Crowd during Sunday’s victory over the Hawks. Pierce played just over 16 minutes, but scored 24 points as the Celtics rolled 101-79 to take a 3-1 series lead. Game 5 is Tuesday night in Atlanta. (Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

THOMSEN: Rondo, Pierce guide Celtics to 3-1 series lead

Celtics forward Paul Pierce takes in the roar of the TD Garden Crowd during Sunday’s victory over the Hawks. Pierce played just over 16 minutes, but scored 24 points as the Celtics rolled 101-79 to take a 3-1 series lead. Game 5 is Tuesday night in Atlanta. (Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
THOMSEN: Rondo, Pierce guide Celtics to 3-1 series lead

Celtics forward Paul Pierce celebrates after Wednesday’s victory over Atlanta. Boston is 18-8 since the all-star break and tied for fourth in the Eastern Conference. (Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

THOMSEN: Celtics have recast themselves as title contenders
GALLERY: Iconic Photos of the Boston Celtics

Celtics forward Paul Pierce celebrates after Wednesday’s victory over Atlanta. Boston is 18-8 since the all-star break and tied for fourth in the Eastern Conference. (Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
THOMSEN: Celtics have recast themselves as title contendersGALLERY: Iconic Photos of the Boston Celtics

On this day in 1986, Atlanta’s 5-foot-7 guard Spud Webb received two perfect scores of 50 to beat Dominique Wilkins in the Slam Dunk Contest in Webb’s hometown of Dallas. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

SI VAULT: Playing in the NBA is a tall order for 5-7 Spud Webb (12.2.85)


On this day in 1986, Atlanta’s 5-foot-7 guard Spud Webb received two perfect scores of 50 to beat Dominique Wilkins in the Slam Dunk Contest in Webb’s hometown of Dallas. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) SI VAULT: Playing in the NBA is a tall order for 5-7 Spud Webb (12.2.85)

Hawks forward Dominique Wilkins slams one home during the 1988 Slam Dunk Contest. Wilkins, who is celebrating his 52nd birthday today, would lose to Michael Jordan in one of the most memorable dunk contests in NBA history. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI) 

SI VAULT: Buoyed by bride, Wilkins soars again for Hawks (12/7/92)

Hawks forward Dominique Wilkins slams one home during the 1988 Slam Dunk Contest. Wilkins, who is celebrating his 52nd birthday today, would lose to Michael Jordan in one of the most memorable dunk contests in NBA history. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI) 
SI VAULT: Buoyed by bride, Wilkins soars again for Hawks (12/7/92)

Knicks center Patrick Ewing catches his breath during a 1986 game against the Hawks. (Scott Cunningham/ NBAE/ Getty Images)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Patrick Ewing

Knicks center Patrick Ewing catches his breath during a 1986 game against the Hawks. (Scott Cunningham/ NBAE/ Getty Images)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Patrick Ewing

Josh Smith shows off his hops during the Hawks Media Day on Monday. Will he have the Hawks flying when the NBA season kicks off in 10 days? (EPA)

GALLERY: Awkward NBA Media Day Moments
AMICK
: Nuggets got their man by keeping Nene
ROSENBERG: Stern is just another lousy owner

Josh Smith shows off his hops during the Hawks Media Day on Monday. Will he have the Hawks flying when the NBA season kicks off in 10 days? (EPA)
GALLERY: Awkward NBA Media Day MomentsAMICK: Nuggets got their man by keeping NeneROSENBERG: Stern is just another lousy owner

Dominique Wilkins in midair at the 1990 Slam Dunk Contest. Wilkins defeated Kenny Smith and defending champion Kenny Walker to join Michael Jordan as the only two-time winners (joined since by Harold Miner, Jason Richardson and Nate Robinson). The NBA lockout is currently in its 106th day. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

GALLERY: NBA Slam Dunk Contest Winners
ROUNDTABLE: Discussing NBA’s labor feud
AMICK: Agent blasts Stern for labor talks
LOWE: NBA’s action won’t help union’s case

Dominique Wilkins in midair at the 1990 Slam Dunk Contest. Wilkins defeated Kenny Smith and defending champion Kenny Walker to join Michael Jordan  as the only two-time winners (joined since by Harold Miner, Jason Richardson and Nate Robinson). The NBA lockout is currently in its 106th day. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
GALLERY: NBA Slam Dunk Contest WinnersROUNDTABLE: Discussing NBA’s labor feudAMICK: Agent blasts Stern for labor talksLOWE: NBA’s action won’t help union’s case