Spud Webb, Dominique Wilkins reflect on dunk contest 35 years later

ATLANTA — Hawks star Dominique Wilkins didn’t expect the 1986 NBA slam-dunk contest to be much of a competition. His usual nemesis, Michael Jordan, was out with an injury. The other participants combined for one previous appearance. One player, a 5-foot-7 rookie named Spud Webb, was a teammate of Wilkins, who had never seen Webb even attempt a dunk. “That little son of gun was secretly in the gym working on some dunks,” Wilkins said. “I said to him, ‘You’ve been in the gym with somebody working on them dunks. I should knock the hell out of you right now.’ We kinda laugh about it.” Thirty-five …

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