Dominique’s Greatest Moments - 8

Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins was recently inducted into the Hall of
Fame, as you may have heard. We here at Hawks.com cannot get enough of Nique,
and are constantly scouring the internet for video of his days as the Human
Highlight Film. On December 1st, the Hawks will be honoring Dominique as part of
Hardwood Classic Nights, with the team wearing throwback uniforms representing
the 1986 season.

To get ready for the festivities, Hawks.com is counting down the 21
greatest moments of Wilkins' career. Check back daily as we update the countdown
every weekday leading up to the Dec. 1 match-up with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

November
6, 1992: Nique scores 30 points in return from achilles injury.

Dominique was relatively lucky throughout his career in terms of avoiding
injuries, rarely missing any time through the bulk of the prime of his career.
The one exception to that was in 1992, when he ruptured his achilles on January
28, knocking him out for the rest of the season. An achilles injury is one of
the worst basketball player can suffer, right behind tearing knee ligaments. It
requires a long road to recovery, and it was no different with Wilkins.

Despite missing almost 10 months during recuperation, Nique showed he was
still a Hall-of-Fame talent in his return, scoring 30 points in a season-opening
loss to the Knicks. Though he showed some rust typical of such a long layoff, he
still managed to show off some of the form that established him as one of the
most dynamic players in the NBA.

During the game, Nique also reached a milestone, becoming only the 17th
player in league history to reach 20,000 points for his career.

Joe O'Toole
former Hawks trainer
"Dominique played often times hurt that the general public wasn't aware of.
And it was a tribute to him. With the Achilles, we nursed him with soreness for
a year-and-a-half before it ruptured. We treated him and taped, and had him
evaluated, but he just kept playing."

Steve Holman
Voice of the Hawks
"Nique's return to action was much anticipated by all. Another wild Omni
sellout crowd along with the Knicks made for a crazy night. Nique was as nervous
as a cat before the game and he tried not to let anybody know it, but those of
us who knew him well could tell this was something very special to him.

A lot of people thought he would be finished after the injury, but he knew
better. The 30 points were great, the loss wasn't, but to me scoring his
20,000th career point was the real moment of the night."