Celtics alum Dominique Wilkins on growing up in Baltimore

If you hear him tell it, Hall of Fame forward and Boston Celtics alum Dominique Wilkins began dunking at the tender age of 12, setting the stage for his remarkable career and nickname of “The Human Highlight Reel“.

Growing up in a tough neighborhood, basketball granted Wilkins a safe passage through the neighborhood’s gang dynamics. His growth spurt occurred during high school, where he shot up from 6-foot-3 to over 6-foot-8 in a year, fueling his potential as a high-level basketball prospect and setting the stage for his eventual success in the NBA. Later, after he had found that success, Wilkins’ proudest accomplishment was buying his mother a home.

To hear the tale of how ‘Nique rose from humble beginnings to a top-75 player all time, check out the link embedded below to catch an interview with the folks behind the Vlad TV YouTube channel.

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Story originally appeared on Celtics Wire