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'Sharing Miracles' Television Program to Feature NBA Hall-of-Famer, Scoring Champ Dominique Wilkins
Date:4/29/2009

WASHINGTON, April 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the 2009 NBA playoff season in full swing, Sharing Miracles, a 30-minute public affairs television program that tells the compelling and inspirational stories of real patients, will feature NBA Hall-of-Famer and diabetes patient Dominique Wilkins. Sharing Miracles now airs every Sunday morning on nearly 300 television stations.

A nine-time NBA all-star who spent the majority of his career with the Atlanta Hawks, Wilkins retired as the ninth-leading scorer in NBA history, topping the league in 1986 with an average of 30.3 points per game. Nicknamed "The Human Highlight Film," Wilkins is still remembered for his slam-dunk skill, winning two NBA Slam-Dunk contests. In a fitting end to a spectacular career, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

Speaking about his career in this month's episode, he gives credit for his accomplishments to his fans and his fellow players: "The thing that stands out most for me is the excitement the game brought to me. I wanted to give that back to the fans. They really helped to elevate my game, and when I played against great players, it did nothing but fuel me to be a better player."

However, according to current Boston Celtics Head Coach Doc Rivers and NBA Hall-of-Famer Bob McAdoo, both of whom appear on this month's episode, the credit belongs to Wilkins. Rivers says: "I thought he was the most athletic player in the NBA in his era. But I also thought he was a creative player, and I thought his will made him a great player. He had such pride in his ability and his game that he was one of the few players that had the ability to will himself to have great games."

Shortly after retiring in 1999, however, Wilkins consulted a doctor. "I wasn't sick, but I was feeling off," he says. He learned that he had diabetes - the same disease that had killed h
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