RIP to the legendary Chocolate Thunder. Your thunderous dunks are still heard to this day.
VIDEO: The Inside the NBA crew remembers Darryl Dawkins’ backboard dunks
HANG TIME BIG CITY — Darryl Dawkins, the supersized NBA big man with an even larger personality, died today at the age of 58, according to the New York Daily News.
In 1975, the 6-11 Dawkins was drafted directly out of high school in the Orlando area with the fifth overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers, making Dawkins the first prep-to-NBA player in history. He was athletic for a man his size, but his youth required a few years of development before he could play regularly. Dawkins broke into Philadelphia’s rotation in the 1977-78 season. As the Sixers, led by Julius “Dr. J” Erving, established themselves as contenders in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, Dawkins became a starter and established post presence.
In 1982, the Sixers traded Dawkins to the New Jersey Nets for…
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