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Vol. 3, Issue 4 | HAWKS.com

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ENTERTAINMENT

’Nique at the Movies

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FASHIONISTA

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VIDEO GAME REVIEW

Xbox 360’s “Kinect Sports” and “EA Sports Active 2”

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WHEELS

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BY THE NUMBERS

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THE HUMAN HIGHLIGHT FILM

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THE DOCTOR IS OUT

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FALL FASHION

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VERSATILE VAN EXEL

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HAWKS HERITAGE SHOWDOWN

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HAWKS IN THE COMMUNITY

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IT’S IN THE SHOES

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REMEMBERING JOE WALKER

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MP3 PLAYLIST

with Chattin Hill

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BACK PAGE

Hawks in the 1980s

with CJ

2012 Audi A7

Atlanta Hawks Cheerleader Profile: Juliana Photo by Greg Miller.


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“HOOSIERS” by Dominique Wilkins

A COMPLETE LOOK INSIDE THE TH LIFESTYLE OF THE ATLANTA HA WKS

VOL. 3, ISSUE 4 Creative Director: Peter Sorckoff Assistant Creative Director: Terry Combahee Art & Design: Matty Ryan Senior Editor: Arthur Triche Editor: Jon Steinberg Editorial Assistant: Jason Roose Editor at Large: Alison Sawyer Produced by: Atlanta Hawks, L.P. 101 Marietta Street NW, Suite 1900 Atlanta, GA 30303 Printed by: Tucker-Castleberry, Atlanta, GA Contributors: Lauren Arum, Erin Attaway, Jennifer Boxley, Joe Briggs, Andrea Carter, Scott Cunningham, Donni Frazier, Brandon “Hometeam” Leak, Cliff Lummus, Greg Miller, Jon Newberry and Dominique Wilkins

PHOTO CREDITS : Cover: D. Wilkins by Greg Miller Pg. 1: Juliana by Greg Miller Pg. 3: D. Wilkins by Greg Miller, Pg. 4: CJ by Greg Miller Pg. 8: Audi A7 by Greg Miller Pg. 12: D. Wilkins by Greg Miller Pg. 17: Clothing by Greg Miller Pg. 18: N. Van Exel by Greg Miller Pg. 19: N. Van Exel by Greg Miller Pg. 22: B. Pettit, Bill Bridges, Paul Silas courtesy of Providence College; D. Roundfield by Dick Raphael K. Willis by Scott Cunningham; Pg. 24: Juliana by Greg Miller; fitness photography by Isaac Hinds; game photography by Scott Cunningham Pg. 26: Children’s Museum and Larry Drew by Alison Church; Back to School by Jennifer Boxley; Mulching by Joe Briggs Pg. 28: Boots by Greg Miller Pg. 30: D. Wilkins by Greg Miller; UGA photo courtesy of UGA Sports Communication; game and broadcast photo by Scott Cunningham; Hall of Fame photo by Nathaniel S. Butler Pg. 34: Isner/Gugliotta by Joe Briggs; Hall of Fame by Scott Cunningham Pg. 28: A. Triche by Greg Miller Pg. 35: Chattin Hill by Lauren Arum Pg. 36: Game photos courtest of NBA Photos All Atlanta Hawks game photography by Scott Cunningham Email us your idea, feedback, thoughts and suggestions at hawks360@hawks.com. ©2011 Atlanta Hawks, L.P. All rights reserved. This publication may not be reproduced without written consent of the Atlanta Hawks.

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hile there have been a ton of good sports movies over the years, some of them either don’t stay true to the realism of the game, or leave something to be desired on the acting side of things. Released in 1986, “Hoosiers” is one of those rare movies that managed to accomplish both of those things and so much more. It ranks right up there among my favorites of any genre. Taking place in the early 1950s in the basketballcrazy state of Indiana, “Hoosiers” follows the story of a tiny fictional school called Hickory High School, and it’s quest to compete for a state championship. While the high school divisions are now split into different levels based on size of the school, back then in Indiana, all teams competed in the same state championship tournament. The story is loosely based on the actual 1954 Milian High School team.

OVERALL REVIEW “I give it four dunks out of five.”

Gene Hackman is fantastic as Coach Norman Dale, a man with a mysterious past, a short fuse, and a disciplined style of coaching that upsets many of the local townspeople. Adjusting his coaching style to fit the team’s talent (or lack of talent), Dale decides his team would play best at a snail’s pace. During a town meeting where it’s decided Dale will be fired, Jimmy Chitwood (the best player in the town, who the late legendary Dennis Hopper plays a key role previously said he didn’t want to join the squad) as the sometimes-sober Shooter, the father of a stands up and declares that he’ll play, but only if player on the team. Hopper earned an Oscar nomiDale stays on as coach. nation for his performance, and I think Hackman and Barbara Hershey were deserving also. After Chitwood joins up, the team catches fire, rolling through much of the regular season and into the state tournament with a lot of momentum. If you haven’t seen the movie, I won’t ruin the unforgettable ending for you. But the action and drama are tremendous, and the finish is pure Hollywood. Even

Among the best sports movies of its time, “Hoosiers” gives a great look at how important basketball is to the culture of Indiana.

THE 1ST AVENGER 360 staff reviews “Captain America” (2011) When legendary comic book stories are translated to modern-day films, they can sometimes be difficult to watch. My expectations are high going to watch most movies, and “Captain America: The First Avenger” was no different. Steve Rogers (played by Chris Evans) is a pint-sized New Yorker who gets recruited into a secret “super soldier” project to help fight in World War II. Rogers undergoes a transformation, turning him into the superhero Captain America. The core story is told well, and the actors do a good job of playing their characters. As the dastardly “Red Skull,” a Nazi officer who is Hitler’s head of advanced weaponry, Hugo Weaving is a standout. His performance was the highlight of the movie. The action sequences, on the other hand, were a little less than realistic in general, and maybe could’ve been better thought out. Compared to the action in both “Iron Man” movies, this one

definitely looked mediocre. The film almost felt like two separate movies, as the buildup and the action were distinctly different parts of the movie. I only give it 2.5 slam dunks out of 5.


FASHIONISTA: CJ

“Whether I dress up or dress down I like to keep up with the latest trends while making it my own.” Photos by Greg Miller.


is currently the co-host of syndicated radio morning show, “Murph Dawg and CJ in the Morning.” She was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina and earned her Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Psychology from North Carolina Central University, where she graduated at the top of her class. She then went on to ob- tain her masters degree in counseling psychology and psychological services from Clark Atlanta University. She is the in-game host for the Hawks and the WNBA’s Dream. How would you describe your sense of style? My style is trendy, sexy, cool. Whether I dress up or dress down I like to keep up with the latest trends while making it my own. I always try to throw in a piece of jewelry or shoes that not everyone would put on or be brave enough to wear. Who’s your favorite designer and what pieces do you own by him/her? I keep it simple with Kardashian by Bebe. I have a ton of those dresses in all colors. True Religion and Miss Me are my favorite designer jeans. How many pairs of shoes do you own? Whew… I have over a hundred pairs of shoes. I am definitely a shoe person. I believe that a pair of shoes can make or break an outfit.

I love to wear sexy heels, hot high boots or even a fly sneaker. Yes, I LOVE sneakers just as much as I love my heels! I consider myself a “prissy tomboy” so I have a ton of sneakers too! I am a “matchy matchy” type of person so I have all types of colors in all types of shoes. What’s your go-to accessory? It would be my Michael Kors watch. I love watches but my white and gold Michael Kors watch is by far my go-to! My next favorite watch brand is Anne Klein. Tell the truth: how do you dress for your radio show?

F A S H I O N I S TA : C J

CJ

Honestly, I wear sweats/gym clothes with no make-up and a ponytail on most days. As soon as I get off work I head to the gym, so I dress for that since no one sees me while I’m on-air. The only time I put on “real clothes” and make-up is when we have a guest appearing on our show. Describe a night-on-the-town outfit: When I put together an outfit for a night out on the town I like to keep the theme “Sexy while not doing too much.” I don’t like to just throw on the little black dress, I’m more of the little pink, red, blue etc. dress type of girl.

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GAME REVIEW

KINECT SPORTS

Reviewed by Cliff Lummus

For everyone that’s jumped on the motion gaming bandwagon (myself included), it’s hard to avoid the positive hype about Microsoft’s “Kinect Sports.” After months of recommendations and good word-ofmouth, I picked up a copy and haven’t been able to step away from the TV since. Unlike many similar sports compilations that do one or two games well among a few other so-so options, “Kinect Sports” offers something for everyone who loves to get up and play. Sure, games like table tennis, bowling and volleyball can be found on many other systems, even on the more interactive ones such as the Wii or PlayStation Move, but what sets “Kinect Sports” apart are two things — your feet. In games like track and field, bowling and soccer, waving your arms and moving your hands doesn’t cut it. You’ll be running in place, kicking and jumping almost exactly as you would on the field, giving you the closest possible experience to the real thing that’s been found on any gaming system yet. For a great time off the couch, “Kinect Sports” is well worth the money. You’ll move, you’ll sweat, and most importantly, you’ll have fun.

PRODUCT SPECS

KINECT SPORTS AVAILABLE: Now

PLATFORM:

Xbox® 360 Couldn’t get enough of “Kinect Sports”? Be sure to stay on the lookout for “Kinect Sports Season Two.” With six new sports and tons of new features, it’s sure to be a blast! Coming this holiday season!

GAME REVIEW

SPORTS ACTIVE 2

Reviewed by Cliff Lummus

VIDEO GAME REVIEW

For athletes, there’s nothing better than the burn and accomplishment of a good workout. Some go to gyms, some practice on the field and some work out from home. With EA’s “Sports Active 2,” now you can do all three without ever leaving your living room. For the XBOX Kinect, motion and movement aren’t clever gimmicks or add-ons; they’re essential parts of the experience, and “Sports Active 2” takes full advantage of this technology to give a great exercise experience. Unlike “Kinect Sports” and other games, “Sports Active 2” is first and foremost a workout program designed to get you up and moving, doing quality exercises that burn calories and build muscle while having fun at the same time. There are still a few kinks in the armor — menu navigation and the occasional speech-recognition glitch — but no one can argue the quality of this calorie-burning experience. With fun and physically demanding options such as boxing and dodgeball, as well as a helpful personal trainer throughout, “EA Sports Active 2” is a great way to squeeze in your workout whenever and however you choose.

PRODUCT SPECS

EA SPORTS ACTIVE 2 AVAILABLE: Now

PLATFORM:

Xbox® 360, PS3, Wii


WHEELS: The 2012 Audi A7

by Cliff Lummus

3.0 liter supercharged, DOHC V6 gasoline engine with dual intercoolers, FSI direct injection and variable valve timing

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n the world of luxury and performance autos, “hatchback” is an ugly word. Products ranging from the utilitarian Dodge Magnum all the way up to the pricey Porsche Panamera have found their respective niches, but none stand out for their intuitive design and high performance.

Enter the 2012 Audi A7. Described as a “fourdoor coupe,” the A7 is made to provide all the sleek sexiness of a coupe, while preserving the luxurious cab of a sedan with the body and storage space of a hatchback. On all outward inspections, the car seems to be slimmer and sportier than other Audis on the market, which

is the genius of the design and the devil in the details. The A7 is both longer and wider than its recently-released counterpart, the A6 sedan. The elegant, low profile of the car further adds to the deceptively spacious layout, and the redesigned Singleframe® grille gives the A7 an Audi signature all its own. As with every member of the Audi line, the real breath-taker comes upon entrance into the cabin. The interior of the A7 blends all the technological innovation Audi owners have come to expect with classic wood inlays and sophisticated brushed aluminum accents, all set against

TOP SPEED: 130 MPH HORSEPOWER: 310 hp @ 5500-6500 RPM TORQUE: 325 lb-ft. @ 2900-4500 RPM FUEL ECONOMY: 18/28 MPG 0-60 MPH: 5.4 sec.

the luxurious leather interior. The controls, panels and displays are placed intuitively throughout the dash and steering wheel with a layered and dimensional feel, offering both a clean aesthetic for the passengers and complete control for the driver. Driver control begins with the paddle-shifting control of the 310hp supercharged V6 engine’s eight-speed Tiptronic® transmission. Even snaking down Marietta Street, the A7’s wide chassis and quattro® all-wheel drive allowed for unparalleled handling as the car hugged the road.


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Whether hitting The Highlight Factory to see the Hawks take on the World Champion Mavs or cruising up 85 to catch a late-season matchup with the Bobcats, the A7 stays constantly connected with its seamless integration of navigation, phone and media access. The Audi-standard MMI® touchpad technology allows for quick access to all of these features with minimal distraction. For added convenience, an all-new optional feature is available in the form of the heads-up display, which projects speed, navigation and other car infor-

mation directly onto the windshield. With these two features combined, your enjoyment of the driving experience never interferes with your focus on the road and control of the car. Atlanta is famous (or infamous, rather) for its traffic among the spread-out, sprawling landscape of highways and interstates. For Atlanta drivers kept in their automobiles for extended periods of time, finding a practical car that offers all the comforts of home is essential, and there are plenty of options to pick from. Add to that checklist a Hawks fan’s desire for

luxury, looks and style, and the choices slim down quickly. You may find an SUV excessive, sports cars a bit too flashy and sedans strike you as bland, but you want the same space and comfort to be able to haul the kids to soccer practice on Sunday, and impress a client when you pick them up for lunch on Monday. Luckily, there is a singular choice that doesn’t just fit the standard — it sets it. Standing out as a signature addition to the Audi fleet isn’t a sedan. It’s not a coupe. It’s neither. It’s both. It’s more. It’s the A7. 9


by “Hometeam� Brandon Leak

From Athens to Atlanta to China, Dominique Wilkins has become an NBA Treasure

Photo by Greg Miller.


Now ready to begin his hectic daily schedule, Dominique Wilkins maintains a jam-packed agenda. Although he no longer racks up points on the court, he proves he still can deliver when it matters most, by touching lives and humbly using his time away from work to help others. As a drum major for diabetes awareness, this modest hero works to make as much impact off the court as he did as the “Human Highlight Film.” It is always refreshing to run into people who are just nice. Fortunately for team members of the Atlanta Hawks and for fans who cross his path, a man fitting that bill walks the halls of Philips Arena and the streets of Atlanta every day. NBA Hall-of-Famer Dominique Wilkins shakes hands in the media room, takes pictures with fans near the arena floor and im- parts wisdom on young players when given the opportunity. In short, Wilkins is one of the most beloved sports figures, not only at The Highlight Factory, but in Atlanta sports history, and continues to earn the admiration of new fans every chance he gets. Wilkins is a very busy man with an intense global schedule. Whether on a business trip or at a public speaking engagement, he finds no difficulties dealing with the off-court responsibilities assigned to him. Surprisingly, Wilkins says the toughest part about being in a town where he will always be a star is

reminding his fans that he is just a man who has been blessed with very special talents and amazing opportunities. After all, Wilkins knows he learns as much from others as they learn from him. “The biggest challenge is convincing people you are just like they are. I may be an icon for Hawks basketball fans, but I’m just an ordinary guy. Sometimes people find that hard to believe.”

A CHANGE IN HIS LIFE Much of the Hall of Famer’s time is devoted to diabetes awareness. Wilkins’ family was touched by the illness after losing his grandmother and father to the disease. He was playing in Greece when he learned of his father’s sickness and was en route home when he learned of his father’s death, not ever getting the chance to say goodbye. It moved him deeply and set into motion a man with a new mission; to educate. Now, Wilkins serves as a diabetes ambassador for the well-known Norwegian healthcare company Novo Nordisk. Working with Novo Nordisk Wilkins has the opportunity to advocate for diabetes awareness on a global stage. “He is so inspirational,” said Susan Jackson, Director of Corporate Branding for Novo Nordisk. “He is able to motivate people to make changes in their lives. He is just so humble and personable.” Being warm, unselfish and speaking from his heart are attributes that make Wilkins’ off-the-court endeavors so effective according to Jackson, who has worked with Wilkins over the past few years. “He constantly gives back. It is absolutely amazing that a person of his status is so giving of himself and of his time.”

Now using his basketball notoriety as a tool to motivate others to better health, Wilkins applies lessons from the game he loves to win in the challenges of life. Wilkins reflects, “Life isn’t always about competing with another person. Sometimes life is about competing with yourself. When you hold yourself accountable for things, you are more likely to make necessary changes that will benefit you.”

DOMINIQUE WILKINS

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e no longer begins his day soaring through the lane; rather, his day begins with a brisk trot on a treadmill, while watching NBA TV or SportsCenter. After something light to eat, he “slams” down the beginning of his daily gallon of water rather than slam dunking over competitors like he used to.

A FRIEND IN A HIGH PLACE It has been nearly 30 years since Wilkins became a member of the Hawks and formed his career-long relationship with NBA commissioner David Stern. Stern joined the league as legal counsel and ascended to the ranks of commissioner in 1984, shortly after the Hawks great began to make his mark inside the Omni Coliseum. The league’s commander-inchief harkened back to when a spry Wilkins entered the NBA and is glad to see the Hawks legend succeed off the court today. “It’s really a pleasure to watch the players grow,” said Stern. “I joined the NBA August 1, 1978. It was a pleasure to watch Dominique come in, and it was great that the Hawks got him so that he could continue a Georgia connection.” An exuberant Stern expressed the league’s appreciation for former players who willingly serve as league ambassadors and spoke of Wilkins’ connection with young people, his ability to educate and his ever-present competitive spirit. “We work with him as much as we can,” added Stern. “Dominique is giving, knows how to teach and cares about kids.” Stern laughed and added, “if you put him in uniform, I think he will shoot until his arm falls off because he still has the stroke!” continued on the page 30.

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istorically, the NBA has been dominated by dynasties led by legends of the game. Starting with the Lakers of the ’50s (four titles), the Celtics in the ’60s (nine titles), the Lakers in the ’80s (five titles), the Bulls of the ’90s (six titles), and the recent run of Lakers (five titles in the 2000s), each decade has one or two teams that rise a step above the rest of the league. The 1970s are the lone exception, as eight different teams won championships. For one fleeting month, and three defiant exhibition games, the Hawks had Atlanta fans dreaming of filling that void.

by Jon Newberry

All of the aforementioned dynasties have one ERVING INITIATES TALKS thing in common: star power. They were George Mikan’s Lakers, Cousy and Russell’s Celtics, Jor- While Erving was having great success on the dan and Pippen’s Bulls, and the list goes on. On court, he began to question the initial contract September 12, 1972, a Georgia Superior Court he had signed with the Virginia team. He soon ruling allowed Julius Erving to join the Hawks learned that Steve Arnold, his agent during training camp, and the dream that “Dr. J and Pis- negotiations, was also being compensated by tol Pete’s Hawks” might join that list of dynasties the ABA and the Squires. appeared to be coming true. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The Hawks had been burned badly in recent years by players jumping to the ABA. Zelmo Beaty and Joe Caldwell had both been All-Stars with the Hawks before leaving for the ABA. The result was a line-up that had stumbled to a 36-46 record in 1971-72, prompting the hiring of Cotton Fitzsimmons as the new head coach and a search for talented free agents. Adding to the Hawks’ urgency to improve was their impending move from Georgia Tech’s Alexander Memorial Coliseum to the brand new, 16,500 seat, downtown arena called The Omni. Bill Putnam, the president of the Omni Group that owned the Hawks, the arena and the new Atlanta hockey franchise, the Flames, remained the biggest advocate of pursuing throughout the proceedings.

For those reasons, Erving hired a new agent, Irwin Weiner, and quickly began gauging interest from NBA teams. “ I talked to five or six NBA teams,” Erving said. “Then the NBA came out with an announcement saying all valid ABA contracts would be honored by the NBA. When that happened, all but one NBA team backed out. Atlanta was the team that showed good faith.” On April 9, 1972, one day before the NBA draft, Erving and Weiner met with Virginia Squires owner Earl Foreman in a last ditch effort to restructure his contract. When negotiations broke down the duo reportedly flew to Atlanta to sign a four-year contract with the Hawks that would begin once he was no longer under contract with the Squires.

Erving requested that Bill Putnam and Hawks’ general manager Richie Guerin not announce Julius Erving had left the University of Massachusetts the signing, since his Squires were still playing in 1971 after his junior year, and since the NBA in the ABA’s playoffs. Without knowledge of the did not allow underclassmen to enter the draft, he signing, the Milwaukee Bucks drafted Julius with signed a four-year contract with the ABA’s Squires. the 12th pick on April 10. While the Hawks were struggling through the 1971-72 season, Julius Erving was enjoying his rookie season with the Virginia Squires, averaging 27.3 points and 15.7 rebounds per contest.


JULIUS ERVING

LET THE DRAMA BEGIN “ Julius Erving has signed an agreement with the Atlanta Hawks that will become valid at the expiration of his contract with the Virginia Squires,” Putnam announced in the Associated Press report. “Even if we do have to wait three years to get him, he’s still worth it. He’s just turned 22 and is one of the most exciting players I have ever seen.” Meanwhile, the Bucks stated some obvious objections.“As far as the by-laws of the National Basketball Association go, the rights to Julius Erving belong to the Milwaukee Bucks,” commented Wayne Embry, the Bucks’ general manager. “It’s as clear cut as that.” Little did he know at the time that nothing about this ordeal would be clear cut.

WHY THE HAWKS STOOD A CHANCE Concerning the belief that Erving would successfully be able to jump leagues, Mike McKenzie, the Hawks’ beat writer for the Atlanta Journal, summed it up nicely: “In the Hawks’ favor is the fact that no player who has attempted to jump leagues has failed.” As for the dispute between Atlanta and Milwaukee, the Hawks contended Erving was a free agent and not eligible for the draft because he was already a pro for one year with the Virginia Squires. Both Putnam and Guerin were quick to point out a similar case from the 1971 draft involving Spencer Haywood. Haywood had jumped from the ABA’s Denver franchise to the NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics. The NBA initially ruled against Seattle, but then was forced to reverse course after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the SuperSonics. “If we didn’t think we were acting morally and legally right, we wouldn’t have entered into this thing,” commented Guerin to the Atlanta Journal. “We contend it is just like the Spencer Haywood case which the courts ruled on favorably.”

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THE HAWKS WIN THE FIRST ROUND

Hawks fans to believe that a positive resolution was forthcoming.

The Hawks training camp opened on September 11, 1972, with no sign of Dr. J at the team’s facility in Savannah, Ga. Then, on September 12, Ernest G. Tidwell, a Georgia Superior Court judge, ruled that Erving’s contract with the Virginia Squires of the ABA is “voidable, terminated, and of no further force for effect,” before issuing an order temporarily restraining the Atlanta Hawks from not allowing Erving to play.

“ This was not a cop-out,” Richie Guerin added. “We’re not conceding anything. We’re still going to protect our rights and investment. But we’ve been acting from this position all along, in good faith with the league.” Unfortunately, court rulings were postponed and there was no positive news through the week. With no news, Putnam re-inserted Erving into the Hawks line-up that Saturday, September 30, for an exhibition against the Carolina Cougars in Raleigh, N.C. Erving was nearly perfect on offense, scoring 32 points on 14-of-15 shooting from the field as Atlanta posted a 120-106 victory. The game was a convincing display of how potent the Atlanta offense could be with Doc in the lineup. Along with his 32 points, Lou Hudson scored 33, and Maravich facilitated all of the scoring with 19 assists.

Immediately after the ruling, “Doc” flew from Atlanta to Savannah and joined the team for their evening workout. “ I got a chance to talk to the coach,” Erving commented to the Atlanta Constitution’s George Cunningham following the workout. “His philosophy of having a fast-breaking team that is very unselfish with the basketball is good.” As for the dispute with the Bucks, Julius quipped, “I have two contracts right now, I don’t want a third one.”

SCAN THIS QR CODE WITH YOUR MOBILE DEVICE TO VIEW EXCLUSIVE CONTENT FROM HAWKS.COM! Another future Hall of Famer in camp, Pete Maravich, had high praise for his newest teammate. “Erving’s going to be fantastic. He’s got the potential to be the greatest.”

It was an impressive performance, but an expensive one as well, when Commissioner Kennedy handed down a second $25,000 fine to the Hawks.

BAD NEWS FROM THE COURTS On Monday, October 2, U.S. District Court Judge Edward Neaher issued an injunction that effectively prevented Erving from playing pro basketball for any team except the Virginia Squires. It caught everyone off guard, especially Bill Putnam. “In all our talks with lawyers on all angles in this case, this possibility was never Julius Erving at Hawks Camp (above) and on the bench. mentioned,” Putnam told the Atlanta Journal.

FIRST SETBACK to be a fight. But it was still the one situation we were most optimistic about, thinking it would be Walter Kennedy, Commissioner of the NBA, had resolved easily.” hoped all along that the Hawks and Bucks could work things out amongst themselves, without requiring league intervention, but after one final EXPENSIVE EXHIBITIONS negotiating session broke down on September Erving did not disappoint in his first appearance 14, the matter was added to the docket for the in an Atlanta uniform. He finished with 28 points Board of Governors meeting scheduled for the and 18 rebounds in 42 minutes of action, helpfollowing week. ing the Hawks to a 112-109 victory. On sharing the court with Pete Maravich, Erving recounts Multiple sources reported that the Bucks were asking for an extremely steep price, such as stars “I remember those exhibition games. I would just grab a rebound, throw it out to Pete and get on Pete Maravich, Lou Hudson and draft picks. the wing. Pete would always find you. He got his points, but he loved to pass the ball.” Most people around the league believed that the Board would force the Hawks to compensate the Following the precedent set in Seattle’s case Bucks with a higher price than they were offeragainst the NBA concerning Spencer Haywood ing, whether it be in the form of players, draft a year earlier, the Hawks asked the federal court picks, or money. Instead, the Board issued a surprising ruling that Milwaukee owned the rights in Atlanta for an injunction against the NBA that would bar the league from prohibiting Erving to Erving, and that his contract with Atlanta was from playing for Atlanta. not valid. Julius Erving was shocked.

ONE LAST GLIMMER OF HOPE

“ Surprise, total surprise,” said Erving when told about the ruling following a Hawks’ practice session in Savannah. “We knew there was going

On September 26, one day after the lawsuit was filed, the Hawks held Erving out of an exhibition in Houston. Comments made to the media led

MOVING ON The Hawks did not give up their fight for Erving after the initial ruling, but he would never again sport a Hawks uniform. The Hawks did have a successful first season in The Omni, posting a 46-36 record under Fitzsimmons, but they would flounder through the rest of the 1970s. Meanwhile, Erving would go down in history as one of the all-time greats. He won three MVP awards and two championships with the ABA’s New Jersey Nets, before moving over to the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers where he won the 1981 MVP and the 1983 championship. He finished his career in 1987 with 30,026 career points, ranking him fifth all-time. There are still many twists to the story that could be told, but it all leaves Hawks fans in the same place, wondering what could have been. Special thanks to the Atlanta Journal and the Atlanta Constitution’s beat writers and Sports Editors from 1970-1973.


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That’s where Van Exel comes in. “ It’s definitely a learning curve because a lot of guys come in to the NBA and they expect to play as well as they did in college, and as much as they did in college, and that not the case,” said Van Exel, who starred at the University of Cincinnati, helping lead the Bearcats to the 1992 NCAA Final Four. Those dreams, Van Exel says, always revolved around basketball. However, he now dreams of teaching the game, not playing it.

After spending his first five seasons with the Lakers, one of the NBA’s most glamorous and storied franchises, Van Exel was traded in 1998 to the Nuggets, one of the league’s worst teams at the time. So when a player has a gripe and wants to discuss it, they know “Nick the Quick” has been down that road.

“ There’s a lot that I have to learn still, but I’m willing to learn,” Van Exel said. “I’m with a great group of coaches right now. They’re willing to give up their knowledge and I just suck it up on my own. I’m like a sponge when it comes to basketball.”

Being a point guard throughout his college and professional career — which included stops with the Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets (where he was an All-Star), San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trail Blazers, Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors — is what prepared him for his current job. Like a catcher in baseball, a point guard acts as a second coach on the floor. “ I always thought being a point guard, it was easier for us to get into coaching because that’s all we do on the court anyway,” he said. “We’re the coach’s coach on the court. We have to make sure guys are in the right spots and in the right position, direct and do all the work on the court.” Van Exel’s role is equal parts on-the-floor coach and off-the-court basketball therapist. The coaching part comes easier than the therapy, which is often required to counsel rookies and young pros who are struggling to find their place in the league. When minutes on the floor are mostly reserved for veterans, former college standouts and up-and-coming stars are often left wondering when their time will come.

“ They go to the guys they’re working with every day and they kind of vent a little,” Van Exel said, speaking from experience. “We kind of have to be the guy who listens and the guy who tries to put it in the right perspective for players.” And Van Exel has plenty of perspective to share. While he went on to achieve NBA stardom, the road he took to get to “the show” was far from glorious. Born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Van Exel began his college career at tiny Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas, before moving on to Cincinnati.

During his stint two years ago as an assistant coach at Texas Southern, one of the nation’s oldest Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Van Exel was busy laying the groundwork for what he hoped would be a long and successful coaching career in the NBA. That career started with the Hawks last season.

Prior to last season, the Hawks brought in Van Exel, one of the game’s top point guards during his 13-year career in the NBA, so he could share some of his own knowledge with the team’s young players and veterans alike. Van Exel, whose official title is Player Development Instructor, is primarily responsible for helping to shape the play and improve the leadership of the team’s guards. The position is instrumental to every team’s success and Van Exel has decades’ worth of knowledge to dispense.

do with the proper way to execute a pick and roll. Typically, if a player has an issue they want to discuss, an assistant coach is the first person they turn to.

Showtime for Van Exel with the Lakers

“ It definitely helps that I’ve played the game,” he said. “A lot of guys when they come to you they say, ‘well you know this and you know that and you did this and you did that.’ It eases a player’s way of coming to you because they feel that since you’ve been there and done that, you’re a lot easier to talk to and a lot easier to approach and you’ll listen to them.” As good as Van Exel says he is at listening to his players, he also wants them to listen to him. After all, coaching is about teaching. And the best way to be a good teacher is to have good students.

— Van Exel

“ There are times where guys aren’t playing much or getting inconsistent minutes and it can really affect them mentally,” he says. “Years in the league are the only cure for that. They have to understand that it’s a long season. There are going to be times when it’s going good, you’re going to play. And if it’s not going as well, you’re not going to play. You just have to be mentally prepared for any situation that’s thrown at you.” Van Exel, 39, knows that he also has to be mentally prepared for how to deal with those situations as a coach. Versatility was always one of Van Exel’s strong suits on the court. Now, that versatility is tested off of it as he is called upon to help players in ways that often have little to

“ You have to kind of pass the torch and give back to the players that come after you,” he said. “I love that role. I love to teach the younger guys new things and see if they can go out there and implement them on the court. When a guy you are teaching and working with every day goes out and does something that you’ve worked on in a game situation, that’s a thrill for me.” Listening to Van Exel speak, it’s clear that he’s a basketball junkie. He loves the game. Why else would an NBA All-Star take an assistant coaching job at unheralded Texas Southern, where an away game against New Mexico State required a 14-hour bus ride? “ I thought that it would open eyes and let people know that I was serious about coaching,” he said. “It gave me the experience of being able to talk in front of a group of guys, go over scouting reports and talk about other teams’ strengths and weaknesses so it kind of prepared me for when Coach Drew gave me that opportunity.”


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POWER and

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hat comes to mind first when you hear the words “power forward”?

The image is likely that of a big, muscular bruiser whose primary goal is to complement the center defensively by rebounding and blocking shots, while offensively setting picks, camping in the paint, pulling offensive rebounds and occasionally taking a mid-range jumper. Think Pistons’ “Bad Boy” Rick Mahorn, the Blazers’ Buck Williams or the late Maurice Lucas. Of course, there are exceptions — those talents who have changed the way the position is viewed. For example, Charles Barkley, former Utah Jazz fixture Karl Malone and multi-team free spirit Dennis Rodman. All three are Hall of Fame fours. All three could dominate a game. Barkley proved a 6’4” guy with the right combination of instincts and desire could thrive in the land of the giants. Malone was a crucial element in Jazz Coach Jerry Sloan’s pick-and-roll offense, while Rodman only occasionally looked to score, preferring to do the dirty work on both boards. Throughout Hawks franchise history, there has been a unique array of power

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forwards who not only handled the traditional duties but added nuances to the role according to their strengths. The measuring stick is Hall of Famer Bob Pettit. Hawks 360 looks at Pettit and four other top Hawks power forwards, where they excelled and how they might have done against Pettit. 1 BOB PETTIT (1954-55-1964-65): Bob Pettit could have been a great NBA center. That would have been expected of Pettit. who played just that at LSU, where he was a three-time AllAmerican (including a first-team selection in 1953-54). Asked to play power forward in the pros, Pettit made the adjustment without missing a beat. The second overall pick by the Milwaukee Hawks in the 1954 NBA Draft, Pettit averaged 20.4 points, grabbed 13.8 rebounds, and dished out 3.2 assists while shooting 40.7 percent from the field, 75.1 from the line. He was voted Rookie of the Year. Pettit never missed an All-Star Game in his 11-year NBA career, was MVP of the game four times, and was a two-time League MVP, while finishing in the top six nine times. At 6’9”, 205 pounds, Pettit might play small forward or possibly see some action at shooting guard in today’s game, but he brought that skill set to the power forward spot during his career. He was quick enough to come off a pick, shot well enough to score from the outside, was strong enough to work with his back to the basket and athletic enough to get to the basket. For his career, he averaged 26.4 points —

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he won two scoring titles — and 16.2 rebounds per game. In playoff competition, Pettit averaged 25.5 points and 14.8 rebounds and led the St. Louis Hawks to the 1958 NBA championship over Bill Russell and the powerful Boston Celtics, scoring 50 points in the clinching Game Six. Pettit was the first player to score 20,000 career points, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1971 and was named one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players in 1996. It’s always difficult to compare eras, but even as fours have gotten more athletic, quicker with greater diversity in their games and make the outside shot — and, since its adoption by the NBA in 1979, the three-point shot — Pettit’s all-around game would have worked well in any of the ensuing eras against any of its best players. 2 KEVIN WILLIS (1984-85-1994-95, 2004-05): A sculpted 7’0”, 220-pounder, Kevin Willis played 10 of his 22 NBA seasons in Atlanta, which selected him 11th overall in 1984. Willis finished in the league’s top five in rebounding three times, including 1991-92 when his 15.5 rebounds ranked second. During that same season, he scored 18.5 points and made his lone All-Star Game appearance. The durable Willis played at least 80 games eight times with the Hawks. In 2003, he won a title with San Antonio. He’s third in Hawks career rebounding (7,332) and is Atlanta’s career leader in offensive (2,615) and defensive rebounds (4,717). 3 BILL BRIDGES (1962-63-1971-72): Although only 6’6”, Bridges took the torch at power forward from Pettit and was a tenacious rebounder and defender. He was a three-

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time All-Star (1967, ’68, ’70), and two-time second-team All-Defensive Team selection (’69, ’70). Bridges could also score, averaging 14.2 ppg in his Hawks career. Like Willis, Bridges found life after Atlanta, playing in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Golden State, where he won a World Championship in 1975. He finished his career second only to Pettit in Hawks franchise career rebounds (8,656) and rebounds per game (12.7). 4 DAN ROUNDFIELD (1978-79-1983-84): The long, lanky Roundfield (6’8”, 205 pounds) was sticky on defense, and a perfect complement to shot-blocking machine “Tree” Rollins. “Dr. Rounds” earned first-team NBA AllDefensive Team on three occasions (1979-80, ‘81-82, ’82-83), and earned second-team honors on two other occasions (1980-81, ’83-84). A three-time All-Star, Roundfield averaged a double-double in five of his six years with the Hawks — the year he missed, he pulled down 9.9 rebounds. Roundfield averaged 17.6 points and 10.7 rebounds in his six years in Atlanta and used his length to swat away 716 shots, fifth on the Hawks’ all-time career list.

vs. BILL BRIDGES Bridges would camp in the paint, as was the norm for power forwards of his day. He’d defend the post with the kind of heart and fearlessness that made him great and he would have done well against Pettit in that area. But Pettit’s strong inside game and height advantage would cause problems. In addition, his ability to come out for the pick-and-pop would be difficult to defend.

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vs. KEVIN WILLIS Pettit wasn’t as athletic or as strong as Willis — then, again, not many have been — but his ability to hit the jump shot would have drawn K-Will away from the basket, and his ability to get to the basket would have made the match-up a difficult one for the 7-footer.

vs. DAN ROUNDFIELD Roundfield was longer than Bridges but leaner than Willis and would have been able to defend the outside shot and neutralize Pettit’s ability to get to the basket. But Pettit’s three inches in height and strong post game would have made the match-up difficult for “Dr. Rounds,” who would have needed a second opinion in Rollins. vs. PAUL SILAS Silas would have gone toe-to-toe with Pettit and even had the upper hand in the post with his wide frame, smarts and by-the-book box out technique. But having to defend on the perimeter would have been a problem and set up Pettit’s quickness in taking it to the hole.

5 PAUL SILAS (1964-65-1968-69): The rock-solid Silas played the first five of his 14 NBA seasons with the Hawks after being drafted in the second round (10th overall) in 1964 by St. Louis. He was a force in the paint, averaging more rebounds (8.7 rpg) than points (7.8 ppg). His best season with the Hawks came in 1967-68, when he averaged 12.8 points and 11.7 rebounds in 32.3 minutes. Silas also led the League in offensive rebounds in 1975-76. He played in two All-Star Games and was named to five NBA All-Defensive Teams.

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irst built in the 1840s as a lavish manor, Barnsley Gardens is celebrating its twentieth year since opening to the public, and has become known for its peaceful seclusion, lush gardens, and championship golf on an immaculate course. In addition, Barnsley Gardens’ sporting clay, fly fishing and luxury mountain home interiors provided a unique backdrop for the photo session.

Photos by Greg Miller and Isaac Hinds. Game action photo by Scott Cunningham. Resort photos courtesy of Barnsley Gardens.


BIRTHDAY: November 12 COLLEGE: Virginia Tech PROFESSION: IFBB Professional Bikini competitor, Licensed EMT-I in the state of GA, model/fitness model, and a nanny CHEER/DANCE BACKGROUND: Growing up I did tap/jazz/ballet for 4 years, I was a gymnast for 9 years, and was a member of the Atlanta Braves Tomahawk Team for 2 years FAVORITE SNACK: A handful of plain almonds and a few pieces of chocolate or dried sugared pineapple slices! BEAUTY PRODUCT YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Eye liner HOW WOULD OTHERS DESCRIBE YOU: A free spirit, always laughing, loud, and the glue that can hold everyone together! WHY DO YOU LOVE BEING A HAWKS CHEERLEADER? It gives me the chance and ability to make a difference in a fan’s game day experience! Megaphones, thunder sticks, photos, or just a smile and hello can make a fan smile from ear to ear and to be a part of that experience is truly satisfying! I also love working with and being a teammate to some really amazing women!

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About Childrens Museum and Larry Drew by Alison Church; Back to School by Jennifer Boxley; Mulching by Joe Briggs.

HAWKS IN THE COMMUNITY

ROUNDFIELD

BUILDING A SOLID FOUNDATION On Monday, July 11, former Hawks All-Star Dan 1982), he made sure to find ways to stay sharp he commented. “Because you may need your Roundfield and Harry the Hawk visited Imagine It! and develop his intellectual attributes as well education a lot longer than you need the athletic The Children’s Museum of Atlanta to read “Dino as his physical skills. While playing in Atlanta, ability. That’s something you are going to be doing Basketball” to a group of kids as part of the mu- Roundfield spent time working as a teller at a long time if you’re not one of the fortunate few seum’s latest exhibit: TEAM Up! Explore Science the Fulton Federal Savings and Loan in the that makes it in the pros.” & Sports. The exhibit, which gives children the offseason. Since retiring he has worked in the opportunity to discover the connection between engineering field for over 20 years. Even in retirement, Roundfield continues to give science and athletics, features Hawks jerseys, back to the Atlanta community and beyond. In addibasketballs and more. In addition to story time, “ One thing you find out is that you’re an ex-player tion to special appearances like the one at Imagine Roundfield and Harry signed autographs and a lot longer than you’re a player,” he said before It!, he has lent his talents to Native Vision’s Sports posed for photos. taking the stage for the kids. “And you’re an ex- and Life Skills Camps annually since 2001. With the player sooner than you ever think you are going help of Roundfield and other former and current While many athletes and celebrities take time to to be, so you need to prepare for that.” athletes, Native Vision hosts camps at a different read to children, “Dr. Rounds” may be one of the Native American reservation each summer. most qualified. First, he has two sons and two Roundfield didn’t start playing basketball until grandsons, so he has plenty of experience read- he was a junior in high school and did not get Dan Roundfield played six seasons for the ing children’s books. widespread interest from collegiate programs. Hawks, from 1979 until 1984. He ranks fifth on He chose to attend Central Michigan University the all-time franchise list for blocked shots, eighth Additionally, Roundfield has always placed a high where he earned his bachelor’s degree in in rebounds, and tenth in free throws made. He value on education and preparing for success. was selected to three All-Star teams, and in 1980 business administration. he scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in During his 12-year professional career, which in- “ The one thing that I try to tell (kids today) is to let only 27 minutes of action to make a strong case cluded three consecutive All-Star teams (1980- your athletic ability get you a good education,” for the game’s MVP.


This summer, the Hawks and Philips Arena kicked off a series of All-Team Member Service projects. The goal with participating in these volunteer projects is to further weave the organization into the fabric of the Atlanta community, and to make a positive impact in areas where Hawks fans live, work, hang out and play. The first day of service was in June at Chastain Park, where team members participated in a variety of projects including planting, mulching and watering plants, painting fencing and weeding. Since Philips Arena was the first LEED certified NBA arena, the organization’s work with Chastain Park Conservancy was a natural extension of the “Follow Our LEED” initiative that we tipped off this spring, and the collective focus on green and sustainable efforts.

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Next up was two locations at Atlanta Mission — Shepherd’s Inn and My Sister’s House. Atlanta Mission has been working for more than 70 years to provide emergency shelter, transitional housing and job placement assistance to more than 950 homeless men, women and children daily. While at the two facilities, team members took part in painting, cleaning, preparing dinner, gardening and weeding.

H AW K S I N T H E C O M M U N I T Y

WE ARE THE HIGHLIGHT FACTORY

Atlanta Mission was selected as the site for the second Team Member Service Project for several reasons. The organization is near Philips Arena and does a consistently remarkable job at providing services to the homeless. Philips Arena and Levy Restaurants donate all prepared but untouched meals to Atlanta Mission following events, and the arena’s lost and found items are also donated to the group. In addition, Atlanta Mission has “Followed Our LEED” and this year opened the Atlanta Urban Garden, where the community can be involved in improving city green spaces that will provide an ongoing food source, exercise area, vocational training tool and peaceful setting for those in recovery. Most recently, the organization expanded into another area where Hawks fans work, live and play as the organization partnered with the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services on their Gwinnett Great Days of Service (GGDS). On September 30, volunteers participated in four service projects at locations in Lawrenceville and Duluth, including Spectrum Autism Support Group, Rainbow Village, Salvation Army Gwinnett and J.M. Tull Gwinnett Family YMCA. More service projects are planned throughout the year, so The Highlight Factory team members may be coming to a community near you.

BACK TO SCHOOL WITH THE HAWKS Students at Henderson Mill Elementary School in DeKalb County were in for a surprise on their first day of school on August 8. As they stepped off the bus and out of their cars, they were greeted by Harry the Hawk, SkyHawk, Atlanta Hawks Cheerleaders and other special guests in partnership with SCANA Energy. Hawks front office staff participated in a school assembly, featuring important lessons from Harry, SkyHawk and Assistant Coach Tyrone Hill. Henderson Mill, the only DeKalb elementary school with an engineering program, encourages student interest in science, technology, and student health and wellness. The Atlanta Hawks Foundation donated $2,500 to help the school create a community garden.

CONNER

One week later, and again in partnership with SCANA Energy, students at McClure Middle School in Cobb County were in for a treat on their first day of school on August 15. The students were treated to several WOW moments, the theme of the school year. Assistant Coach Lester Conner, Harry the Hawk, SkyHawk, Hawks Cheerleaders and Hawks PA Announcer Ryan Cameron were all there to make this a memorable first day. The Hawks contingent high-fived students as they crossed a bridge into school and participated in the morning announcements. The Atlanta Hawks Foundation donated $2,500 to the school’s “Green Team” to support environmental initiatives. …continued on page 34.

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WILKINS continued from page 13.

Stern is happy that such a good guy still has such a tremendous impact even after his playing days have concluded. “There are all kinds of stories on the unpleasant side of player development, there are good stories, but Dominique Wilkins is one of the great stories.”

AMBASSADOR IN LIFE After stops with the Clippers, Celtics, Spurs and Magic – and a couple of years of overseas play – Wilkins returned to the Hawks family to begin his post-playing career. ‘Nique is not one of those Hall of Famers who enjoys his post-playing days by sitting around and taking it easy; his passion for working in the community, love for children and enjoyment of public speaking keep him busy motivating, inspiring and educating people of all ages and creeds on athletics, health and life decisions. Wilkins relishes the opportunity to share his story, advice and encouragement with members of the Hawks family and the greater Atlanta community, and he is appreciative the Hawks provides him the platform to reach people. “For me, it’s an honor to be a part of the organization I love and to be able to continue to do great things with the Hawks,” said Wilkins. “It’s great to be in that position and play that role.” Dominique Wilkins is a good man, a good ambassador and a good example of benevolence, commitment to a team and demonstrates the power of hard work. With his numerous on-the-court accolades solidified in the record books and his enshrinement into the Basketball Hall of Fame, Wilkins could leisurely traipse through life resting on his laurels. Instead, he tirelessly pursues opportunities to help enrich the lives of others. He was a great player and one of the NBA’s best; he’s also an Atlanta Hawk … yesterday, today and forever. While he dazzled on the court as a young man, now in his early 50s, ’Nique continues to dazzle off the court and add more amazing footage to the Human Highlight Film.

University of Georgia photo courtesy of the University of Georgia Sports Communications, Hall of Fame photo by Nathaniel S. Butler, studio photography by Greg Miller.


Joseph Walker 1931 – 2011 The job of a sports reporter can be difficult, even under the best of circumstances, but for Joseph Walker, the profession brought him complete joy in the midst of darkness.

IN MEMORIAM

IN MEMORIAM

While “Joe” may not be a familiar name to those of you who follow sports, for many of us behind the scenes, Joe was a common fixture at Hawks (and other local teams) contests. Having lost his vision as a five-year-old, he never let that handicap stand in the way of reaching out in his quest to do the best job he could. And, if he said he saw something happen, he believed in his heart he did. A longtime radio voice at several Atlanta stations like WIGO and WAOK-AM, and a sports columnist for The Atlanta Voice newspaper, Joe won several awards over a 40-year career. In an AJC story from 2000, Joe told the paper, “Just because I’m blind doesn’t mean I didn’t see Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run to break Babe Ruth’s record, or see Muhammad Ali fight Jerry Quarry at the old City Auditorium. When I say I saw something, I did.” “ It just wasn’t the same way you saw something,” Walker said then. “Sight is just one of your five senses. I use the other four. If people can’t understand that, they’re the ones who are blind.” Prior to the change in press seating at Hawks games, he would sit courtside and listen to the radio play-by-play broadcast and rock back and forth, providing his own commentary — sometimes at the expense of the officials. “ We had a stat table across from the visitors’ bench in the Omni, and Joe sat there and listened to Skip (then-Hawks radio voice, the late Skip Caray) on the radio with headphones,” recalled longtime team official scorer John Darnall. “The Hawks had a 27-point lead at the end of the third quarter, and Milwaukee pressed end-to-end the entire fourth without a foul being called and came back to win. At some point during that quarter, there was an out-of-bounds play directly in front of me and Joe was sitting to my right. The official was Joe Gushue, and apparently Skip was bashing Gushue and the other official over the lack of any fouls, and Joe Walker was rocking back and forth and listening on the radio. Just prior to the throw-in, Joe Walker leaned back with his face toward the ceiling and yelled, ‘Gushue, I am blind and I could call the game better than you!’ Gushue was standing directly in front of us and turned to “T-up (a technical)” or throw the offender off the table. He looked at me first and I mouthed, ‘He really is blind!!’, and Gushue saw Joe rocking back and forth, kind of smiled and just went about his business.” When news of his death circulated, (he passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 80), it brought deep sadness, yet I recalled fondly the time we spent with “the old Scotsman.” He will be missed. Arthur Triche VP Public Relations / Atlanta Hawks 33


IN THE COMMUNITY continued from page 27.

WILKINS GETS INDUCTED AGAIN Basketball Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins has received numerous awards for illustrious playing career and high-flying moves on the court. However, he was recently recognized for efforts of a different kind. On October 6, Wilkins was inducted into the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s (BGCA) Alumni Hall of Fame before a crowd of 500. Inductees are Boys & Girls Club alumni who have led exemplary lives, distinguished themselves professionally or

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WILLIAMS, WILKINS & SUND made a charitable contribution to their community or country. He was presented for induction by Bob Williams, president of the Hawks and Philips Arena. With his induction, he joins the likes of BGCA national spokesman and actor Denzel Washington, singer and actress Jennifer Lopez, basketball great Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Kool & the Gang, who performed during the gala.

GUGLIOTTA

ISNER Isner/Gugliotta by Joe Briggs, Hall of Fame by Scott Cunningham.

On July 18, former NBA All-Star and Hawks forward Tom Gugliotta tested his tennis and basketball skills as he took on former Georgia Bulldog and ATP professional John Isner at the 2011 Atlanta Tennis Championships’ ATP World Tour at the Racquet Club of the South. During the tournament’s Opening Ceremonies, Gugliotta and Isner battled it out on the tennis courts as they played a mini set of tennis followed by a modified version of H-O-R-S-E (A-T-L).

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1981 September 3, 1982: Hawks acquire Dominique Wilkins from the Utah Jazz in exchange for John Drew, Freeman Williams and cash.

November 1982: Atlanta Hawks change jerseys

February 8, 1986: Spud Webb wins the NBA Slam Dunk competition in his hometown of Dallas, beating out teammate Dominique Wilkins.

1983

1985

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June 27, 1988: Hawks acquire Reggie Theus and a draft pick from Kings in exchange for Randy Wittman and a draft pick.

June 9, 1983: Hawks name Michael Fratello head coach.

June 19, 1984: Hawks select Kevin Willis from Michigan State with the 11th overall pick of the 1984 NBA Draft. February 9, 1985: Dominique Wilkins wins his first NBA Slam Dunk competition during All-Star Weekend in Indianapolis.

1986 January 28, 1986: Dominique Wilkins named an All-Star for the first time.

1987

1988

April 12, 1987: Hawks win at New Jersey, 105-88, and clinch the Central Division title.

May 21, 1981: Hawks name Kevin Loughery head coach.

1982

1984

June 18, 1984: Hawks acquire Cliff Levingston, the rights to Antoine Carr and second-round picks in 1986 and 1987 from Pistons in exchange for Dan Roundfield.

March 30, 1981: Assassination attempt on President Reagan. 1982: Steven Spielberg’s “E.T.” and Michael Jackson’s Thriller released. 1985: A hole in the ozone layer discovered and the wreck of the Titanic was found. Jan. 28, 1986: Space Shuttle Challenger explodes 73 seconds after launching. Apr. 26, 1986: An accident at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Russia kills thousands. 1987: DNA first used to convict criminals June 4, 1989: Students massacred in China’s Tiananmen Square . Nov. 9, 1989: The Berlin Wall falls.

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1990

May 2, 1986: Michael Fratello named NBA Coach of the Year.

May 22, 1988: In one of the most memorable duels in NBA playoff history, Dominique Wilkins and Larry Bird battle through the 4th quarter of the Hawks-Celtics second round game 7, with Atlanta falling short, 118-116. Wilkins had 47 points (14 in the 4th quarter) and Bird scored 34 (20 in the 4th). August 16, 1988: Hawks sign free agent Moses Malone.


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