Former NBA All-Star Dominique Wilkins recently spoke in South Bend, Indiana to celebrate The South Bend Clinic 100 Years A Lifetime of Care – A Century of Giving event at the local community center. Wilkins discussed what his life has been like since he was diagnosed with diabetes shortly after he retired from the NBA, and how his strategy to combating the illness is to treat it like any of his opponents on the basketball court. The nine-time NBA All Star player praised eating right, getting exercise, and taking medication as the reason that he can still live a full uninterrupted life today.
The Paris-born athlete was raised to be independent, and at the age of 16 he left home to take on the world himself. He started playing basketball after enrolling at a local high school in Washington, North Carolina, which eventually led him to attend the University of Georgia from 1979 through 1982. Wilkins entered the 1982 NBA Draft and was selected in the first round as the third overall pick by the Utah Jazz, but ended up in Atlanta to play for the Hawks for 12 years. Before retiring in 1999, he also played on the Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics, Panathinaikos in Greece, San Antonio Spurs, Fortitudo Bologna in Italy and the Orlando Magic.
Wilkins recently visited South Bend, Indiana to speak about managing diabetes and giving people who are also affected hope for a more normal and balances lifestyle.
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