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Good Word with Goodwill - Dominique Wilkins on how he almost joined the Lakers

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The NBA 75th Anniversary team member and Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer joined Yahoo Sports senior NBA writer Vincent Goodwill and divulged on how he almost went to Los Angeles in the 1982 NBA Draft.

Dominique joined Yahoo Sports on behalf of Academy Sports and the 2022 Bassmasters Classic.

Video Transcript

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VINCENT GOODWILL: Welcome to Yahoo Sports. I am here with Naismith Hall of Famer, NBA Top 75 player Dominique Wilkins. Nique is here on behalf of the 2022 Bass Masters Classic. I want to get to that in a second. Nique, you might be one of the bigger what ifs in NBA history because when you were drafted in '82, you ejected third by Utah. The Lakers had the number one pick that year. James Worthy went number one.

We could swap you and James Worthy and have a completely different conversation about the Lakers, about you. Like, how often did you, how often do you think about that?

DOMINIQUE WILKINS: When you playing with Magic, Kareem, and all those guys, I mean, you can't help but win. And James Worthy is, James was the real deal. We've known each other since high school. But you know, Lakers tried to get us both.

VINCENT GOODWILL: Wait, wait, wait, wait, back up. How did they try to get you both? Explain that to me. Because I don't think people know that, explain that to me.

DOMINIQUE WILKINS: They tried to make a trade to get us both.

VINCENT GOODWILL: They tried the trade to get another pick to get you at three?

DOMINIQUE WILKINS: Yes.

VINCENT GOODWILL: Do you know, do you remember the details of the trade?

DOMINIQUE WILKINS: No, I don't remember the details. It's just I remember Jerry West and I talked about that quite a few times. He said, yeah, we try to get you guys both, but you know, it just didn't work out. But the teams just didn't want to give up that pick to get you. I knew if I didn't go one, I would go three. But at the end of the day, it worked out for me, you know, being in Atlanta. And I wouldn't change a thing.

VINCENT GOODWILL: So now, if you and Worthy your on the wings and Magic's running the, Magic's running the break, who was Magic throwing it to?

DOMINIQUE WILKINS: You flip a coin. And whoever wins that, that coin toss, that's who you throw it to. But you know what, it would have been a great luxury to have that kind-- because you got to pick your poison. Who are you going to guard? Who are you going to go to? Are you going to-- if you go to Worthy, you're going to lose out on the other side of the ball? If you go to me, you're going to lose out on Worthy's side of the ball because we attacked the basket as good, or probably better, than most that ever played this game.

VINCENT GOODWILL: Have you and Magic ever talked about that?

DOMINIQUE WILKINS: Oh, yeah, of course, we've always talked about stuff like that. And look, Magic loved James because James Worthy was a beast. Believe me. And so I always looked forward to playing against James Worthy, and he would tell you the same thing.

VINCENT GOODWILL: But you would have loved to have been on that Lakers team, too.

DOMINIQUE WILKINS: You know, they had those-- playing with those type of guys, yeah, that would have been been nice.

VINCENT GOODWILL: Absolutely, well tell us about the 2022 Bass Masters Classic that you're involved with.

DOMINIQUE WILKINS: Oh man, it's great, man. For me to be a part of this really relaxing morning and evening with Academy Sports has been great, man. And what they've done is they've put together a very fun event that they've done the last three years. And I think the biggest part of this event, this bass fishing event, is that $5,000 is donated to these one celebrities who was here, to their favorite charities. And I think that's outstanding.

But also, it gives you a chance to compete at something totally different in life. You know, even though it's relaxing, you want to catch more efficient than anybody else. So I thought we did pretty good today, but it was just a really nice, relaxing environment that you can bring a friendly, competitive spirit to a new sport that a lot of us are not familiar with. So for me, I was just glad to be here and experience being on the water, being relaxed, and doing some fishing that I haven't done since I was kid.

So this was a very nice day.