In a move that many fans say is long overdue, the Atlanta Hawks are finally going to unveil a statue of legend and Hall of Fame inductee Dominique Wilkins, their most popular player ever and one of the NBA’s most prolific scorers of all time.
The team public announced a plan to debut a large granite sculpture, the creation of Brian Hanlon, the basketball Hall of Fame’s official sculptor, which will stand 13 1/2 feet high and weigh approximately 18,500 pounds. It will also permanently reside between the iconic A-T-L-A-N-T-A letters outside Philips Arena.
“Dominique Wilkins has represented the Hawks organization and city of Atlanta in a first-class manner for over three decades. He is synonymous with Atlanta sports greatness and this statue and week-long celebration is fitting for his contributions to Atlanta and his place as the greatest player in franchise history,” said Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin.
The public will be able to see the statue for the first time on the grandest stage when the Hawks, who have the NBA’s best record at 43-10, will play LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavs on March 6.
Highlights from the private ceremony honoring Wilkins will be televised in a special hour-long presentation, Celebrating Nique, at 8 p.m. ET on SportSouth.
The network will launch a special edition of the “FOX Sports Fan Express” with a tribute to Wilkins from Feb. 23-March 7. The Fan Express is a luxury coach which delivers a door-to-door, VIP experience for Hawks fans — to and from Philips Arena.
The Cavaliers-Hawks game will be televised exclusively on SportSouth; coverage begins at 6 p.m. with an encore presentation of Celebrating Nique, followed by the “Hawks LIVE” pregame show.