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Dominique Wilkins says he beat Jordan in 1988 dunk contest. He’s right. (VIDEO)

Jan 22, 2014, 1:55 PM EDT

You really should watch all of Bill Simmons’ fun, wide-ranging interview with Dominique Wilkins. This is good stuff from Grantland. This is what Simmons does so well.

But the best part is Wilkins talking about the legendary 1988 dunk contest where Michael Jordan got the win in his home town of Chicago but everyone thought ‘Nique should have won. That includes Dominique himself. And he says so. And he’s right, he should have topped Jordan.

Check out the interview above, then check out the dunk contest itself below. (Hat tip to SLAM)

  1. norcalkingsfan - Jan 22, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Best dunk contest ever….

    Till Vince, tmac and stevie put on a show.

    • ogwhiteissac - Jan 22, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      best comment ever…

      until is wasn’t.

      • norcalkingsfan - Jan 22, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        I bet you’re the troll who voted down the comment just below as well.

      • ogwhiteissac - Jan 23, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        haha, i’m the troll?

    • kingtotz - Jan 23, 2014 at 1:19 AM

      Power vs Grace

  2. norcalkingsfan - Jan 22, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Nique’s windmill was so nasty.

  3. moseskkim - Jan 22, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    It’s for the fans. Kia and griffin exploded after the dunk contest. Players can only gain from the contest. Even if lebron were to lose , if he came out and said I wanted to entertain the fans.. Who would hate him? Lebron KD PG(again ) maybe a deandre jordan need to dunk

  4. dinofrank60 - Jan 22, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    That’s the way the party machine known as the NBA operates.

  5. karlton3 - Jan 22, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Of course it’s rigged.

    Look at the year Griffin dunked over the car with sprite plastered on it. Anyone really think that car/advertising wasn’t making it to the final round?

  6. jburk003 - Jan 22, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    What a surprise, the NBA has been rigging and fixing outcomes for years!

    Insert sarcasm above.

  7. chitownmatt - Jan 22, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    I’m not saying ‘Nique doesn’t have a legitimate basis for an appeal.

    But, if I were on the jury I would definitely have to find in favor of MJ’s foul-line finally.

    (Wow, that’s almost a tongue twister. lol)

  8. antistratfordian - Jan 22, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    We were collectively blinded by his shine at the time, but in hindsight this was a weak contest from Jordan. Thank the maker for slow motion!

    The fact that he repeated the same dunks any time he needed to advance was regrettable (he did his kiss the rim twice and the free throw line dunk twice). Stale offerings, especially since they were the same dunks from the year before.

    Nique didn’t repeat any dunks in this contest, and his last dunk was just devastating – a powerful two handed windmill. It was probably his best dunk of the contest, and he only needed was a 48 to lock up a win (he had already put up two 50s and another 49). This masterpiece of thunder only garnered a 45. It Wilkins’ lowest score of the night. Welcome to Chicago!

    MJ needed a 48 to tie, 49 to win, and he went to his free throw line dunk – AGAIN – for the 2nd time in this contest and the 4th time in two years (yawn). 50.

    Oh, I say and I say it again, ya been had!

    Ya been took!

    Ya been hoodwinked!


    Led astray!

    Run amok!

  9. caeser12 - Jan 22, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Hold on to that Dominique. I’m sure that trophy is Jordan’s favorite.


  10. obmig - Jan 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Everyone agrees? I don’t.

  11. cbking05 - Jan 22, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    I won my 1989 NERF HOOP dunk off in 7th Grade with the same windmill dunk ‘Nique pulled off…held at my parents house ….it was fkn amazing…there were 4 of us in the final round and after delivering my (or should i say ‘Nique’s) dunk, I knew by the look of the other contestants that the 1989 NERF HOOP SLAM DUNK WAS MINE….then i had to take the garbage out and finish my homework. A memorable moment in my life that I will never forget…thank you Dominique Wilkins!

  12. sumkat - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    NBA contest has always been a joke

    Besides all the evidence above, how bout when Iggy takes a pass from AI off the BACK of the backboard and brings it under for the dunk (still one of the sickest dunk’s I’ve EVER seen, and the only real original thing I’ve seen since the 80’s). Yet Nate Robinson wins for jumping over Spud Webb and dunking it (and taking 3 tries to make it)

    It always has, and always will be a bigger joke than the “all-star” game itself

  13. program33 - Jan 24, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Wow…Those were the days! One more thing…that was definitely not a 45.

  14. program33 - Jan 24, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    The one thing that stands out between dunk contest past and present are the missed dunk attempts. Some of the contests today are almost painful to watch due to the amount of missed dunk opportunities.

  15. stusshoes - Jan 26, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    Dominique was awesome, He was more powerful, absolutely ,but that was it, He was longer and taller than Jordan, but all he had was that jump off two feet windmill, not enough variety or imagination.
    So he was not robbed, Iguadala was robbed, Derozan was robbed, Shawn Kemp was robbed, but Nique got what he deserved, a winning dunk contest, followed by a second place because he brought nothing new second time round……..

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