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From Human Highlight Film to Healthcare Advocate

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Dominique Wilkins

Retired NBA player Dominique Wilkins visited Syracuse’s Fowler High School today to talk about diabetes management and prevention.

“How many people in here have a family member who has diabetes, ” Wilkins asked. Almost every hand went up in an auditorium of a few hundred.

He was diagnosed with Type II diabetes one year after he retired from playing in the NBA.

Wilkins, who is most known for his thunderous dunks, is currently traveling the nation as a Diabetes Awareness Ambassador for Novo Nordisk.

Dominique Wilkins

Dominique Wilkins at Fowler High

He stressed he importance of establishing healthy eating habits, regular exercise and knowing your family health history.

After a brief discussion about health Wilkins also fielded various questions about his playing days and the current state of the league…

Who is better Kobe or Lebron: Kobe is the most complete player in the league.

Who was your idol: Julius “Dr. J” Erving. The first time I played against him he scored 38 on me and I wasn’t upset.

Was Larry Bird overrated: “No way. Larry Bird was underrated.”

Who is the best ever: “Michael (Jordan). He won three championships then retired, then came back and won three more. No one ever did that.”