Image from the AJC's story on Dominique.
The Human Highlight Film's actual Highlight film is available via DeadSpin. Pretty cool mix of his work. Deadspin says it best: "Best in-game dunker of all-time. He had a power and explosiveness that allowed him to come out of nowhere and posterize anyone, almost at will. Congrats, ‘Nique." (Hat tip to Lumberdawg on the Porch)
Mark Bradley pays his respects to Dominique. He specifically talks about what a bad rap Nique got for his alleged selfishness. Bradley says:
There are those who believe Dominique Wilkins was selfish. There are on those who believe he was a blight on the pure essence of basketball. There's only one thing to say about those people:Tim Tucker also has a new story regarding the Hall of Fame selection.
They obviously never saw him play. Dominique Wilkins was about far more than dunking the basketball. If you saw him play, you loved him.
You loved him not because of the whirls he authored and the dunks he delivered and the points he scored, though all those things were part of the charm. But you loved most of all because he played as if every minute of every game was his last. You loved him because he threw himself into his work the way almost nobody in our jaded society does anymore.
On the day in 1990 that Mike Fratello stopped coaching the Atlanta Hawks, someone asked which of the players he was leaving had been his favorite. The guess would have been someone like John Battle, a substitute guard of sunny disposition who needed no maintenance. Instead Fratello named Wilkins, the biggest star among Hawks. Why? "Because he played hard every night."
It looks like he's going into the HOF with Barkley. It should be noted that back in Feb when the finalists were named the first thing that Barkley did was point to Wilkins and say "Dominique should have got in last year." Very cool gesture on Barkley's part.