Dominique Wilkins says Hawks could hire Phil Jackson as head coach


wilkins-hall-of-fameAt this year’s NBA Playoffs, the Atlanta Hawks got eliminated by the Indiana Pacers in 6 games.

For Hawks, leaving home early means a lot to prepare for, as the next season comes.

Hawks’ vice president of basketball operations, former NBA star, legendary Dominique Wilkis recently spoke on Episode 116 of the Hang Time Podcast to talk about various topics, including the future of Atlanta Hawks.

“The team definitely achieved more than people expected of it at the beginning of the year. No one expected the Hawks to make the playoffs, but we did it,” Wilkins said.

He added that the team has a lot of work to do, and necessary steps should be taken towards rebuilding the team.

“You’ve got to have 3 solid players, around which you can rebuild you team. After you have those three, you can add pieces around those guys,” Wilkins said. “And more importantly, by adding those pieces you have to be patient, and run a system over and over again until you perfect it.”

“I think a lot of times when you put a team together, when you put all these pieces together, you tend to give up on it a little too quick, but it takes time to build the chemistry. And that’s something you have to be mindful of,” he said.

Speaking of his role with the Hawks’ rebuilding plan, Wilkins said his role is to make decision on issues related directly to basketball.

“I’ve always been involved in those things, and I am looking forward to get even more involved,” he said.

Further answering a question on whether it would be possible for the Hawks to try to hire Phil Jackson next season as their head coach, Wilkins said it could be done.

“I am sure a lot of calls will be made to a lot of different people. If it comes down to that, I am sure Danny (Ferry) will reach out to Phil Jackson, and we’ll go from there,” Wilkins underscored.

Dominique Wilkins played 15 years in the NBA, earned his spot on the All-Star team 9 times. He holds career averages of 24.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 35.5 mpg in 1074 (started 995) NBA games.

He scored 26,668 points in his career, playing for Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs and Orlando Magic.

Currenty, Wilkins is the vice president of basketball operations with the Atlanta Hawks and is a member of the NBA Hall of Fame.

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