Dominique Wilkins had some sturdy phrases for ESPN analyst JJ Redick on VladTV
“He’s silly,” Wilkins mentioned.
Throughout a prolonged interview, Wilkins responded to Redick’s feedback about Larry Fowl. He additionally had the identical sentiments whereas showing on SiriusXM NBA radio.
Wilkins, aka “The Human Spotlight Reel,” mentioned Fowl performed larger than his dimension and banged down low with the hardest gamers.
“It’s a silly remark as a result of Larry Fowl performed in essentially the most bodily period ever,” Wilkins mentioned. “He’s 6-(foot-)10, virtually 6-11. He was bodily himself.”
On his podcast, “The Previous Man & the Three,” Redick obtained in some sizzling water for questioning the physicality of the NBA throughout Fowl’s period.
Wilkins clearly dismissed that notion. He believes the game was extra bodily when he performed concurrently Fowl.
Redick has since walked again these feedback. He mentioned he was simply making a degree in opposition to the notion that the league was far more bodily throughout Fowl and Wilkins’ time than it’s immediately.
“I didn’t disrespect Larry Fowl,” Redick mentioned. “I questioned the narrative round physicality. I mentioned for each montage video you may present me of Larry Fowl being in a headlock beneath the basket, I can present you a montage video of him taking pictures open jumpers, of him coming off pin-downs.
“Yeah, I can present Steph (Curry) the identical method. I can present Steph getting held. I can present Larry getting held. It’s all basketball.”
Dominique Wilkins vs. Larry Fowl
Dominique Wilkins and Larry Fowl squared off in opposition to one another 57 instances. Fowl received the matchup 40 of these instances. That features a 10-5 document in opposition to Wilkins within the NBA playoffs. The 2 put up some battles.
They each averaged 25 factors per recreation in opposition to one another. Wilkins as soon as dropped a loopy stat line of 54 factors, 10 rebounds and 7 assists in opposition to Fowl’s Celtics in an OT win in 1987.
To not be outdone, Fowl as soon as stuffed it up with a 60-point efficiency in opposition to Wilkins and the Hawks in 1985. Wilkins had 36 that night time.
The 2 famously went toe-to-toe in Sport 7 of the 1988 Jap Convention semifinals. Fowl scored 34 factors within the Celtics’ 118-116 win. Wilkins did all he might with 47 factors within the heartbreaking loss.
Wilkins later joined the Celtics in 1994-95. Fowl was already retired by then, and the 2 didn’t play collectively.