Dominique Wilkins Remembers Dan Roundfield in NY Times
Dominique Wilkins, who has often given Roundfield credit for teaching him to be a professional when he entered the league, remembered his former teammate in the New York Times this week, sending in unsolicited a photo and a letter for a feature called “The Lives They Loved“. Wrote Nique:
“This image captures one of the great NBA players of the last 35 years, Dan Roundfield. When one looks at this image, they instinctively think of Dan the Atlanta Hawks player, the tenacious defender and the NBA All-Star. He was certainly all of those things, but for those of us who knew him, we look at this image and think of Dan the selfless leader, the husband, the father and the fearless teammate and friend. Dan lost his life this year at the age of 59 saving his wife of 37 years from drowning on the beaches of Aruba while on a family vacation. In his last moments, as he himself was fighting for his life, Dan fearlessly lived and died for his family, which is all he ever really wanted. So yes, Dan Roundfield was a tremendous athlete who elevated basketball in the city of Atlanta, but what is even more tremendous is the imprint he made on all of us, his teammates, and on the lives of his wife, his two sons and his grandchildren.
Really heartfelt words from Wilkins, who played with Roundfield for three seasons in Atlanta, from 1982-84, but clearly their relationship didn’t end there.
As we reflect on 2012, we, like Nique, remember a great man and a great player. We miss you, Dan.