Posts Tagged ‘NBA Hall of Fame’

RIP King of L.A.

Thursday, January 30th, 2020

Throwback Thursday

Thursday, May 7th, 2015
NBA Hall of Fame Player Dominique Wilkins visited Fowler High in 2009.

NBA Hall of Fame Player Dominique Wilkins visited Fowler High in 2009.

Bing Shoots for a Rebound in Motown

Thursday, April 8th, 2010
Hon. Dave Bing, Mayor of Detroit

Hon. Dave Bing, ampoule Mayor of Detroit

During the past quarter century, when you thought of Detroit, you couldn’t help but think of a crime-ridden urban wasteland thanks to film such as RoboCop, True Romance, Blue Collar, Assault on Precinct 13, 8 Mile and Grand Torino.

The Honorable Dave Bing wants to paint a new picture of Detroit. The Mayor and NBA Hall of Fame guard, who is a graduate of Syracuse University, spoke yesterday at Whitman Day. He talked about coming and playing at Syracuse and being drafted #2 overall by the Pistons. He also said he had to work during NBA off-seasons to make ends meet.

Working those summer jobs (in banking and the auto industry) turned out to be one of the best things to happen to Bing, who says in his first entrepreneurial venture he lost 1/2 of his NBA savings.

After that minor setback, Bing became a salient model for post athletic business success and has parlayed his business influence all the way to city hall (he was elected in 2009).

“I am where I am and I compete where I am,” he said.

Beyond the court and the business world, Bing hopes his Third Act will include leading an economic, political and psychological transformation for the motor city.

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.”