Darryl Dawkins
American basketball player-coach
Darryl Dawkins
Darryl Dawkins is a retired American professional basketball player, most noted for his days with the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets, although he also played briefly for the Detroit Pistons and Utah Jazz late in his career. He was nicknamed "Chocolate Thunder" for his powerful dunks, which notably led to the NBA adopting breakaway rims due to him shattering the backboard on two occasions in 1979.
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Deaths of Dawkins, Malone raise health concerns for NBA, retirees
ABC News - 7 months
NBA commissioner Adam Silver loved seeing Darryl Dawkins in his official role as an NBA Legend. Steeped in his Chocolate Thunder persona, the indestructible dunking force that earned cult status in the late '70s and early '80s, Dawkins toured the country in recent years to entertain league sponsors. "We had some great conversations," Silver said. "I really enjoyed getting to know Darryl." When Dawkins died suddenly from a heart attack in August at age 58, the news literally took Silver's breath away. Across town, National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts mourned the player she celebrated as a young basketball fan growing up in the Bronx. "When I heard about Darryl, I thought, 'That's not supposed to happen,' Roberts said. "It's too soon." Seventeen days later, Moses Malone, who had spent the weekend enjoying the annual Hall of Fame festivities in Springfield, Massachusetts, was found dead in a hotel...
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Brian Farnsworth Farewell
Huffington Post - about 1 year
A few days ago my brother called. He said he had seen a news story that reported a 61-year- old man had been hit and killed by a car, while crossing a street in Roswell Georgia. The man's name was Brian Farnsworth. My brother Michael and I had grown up in the Buckhead section of Atlanta and pretty much every day we walked across Roswell road and went to the Northside YMCA, where we played basketball, ping pong, swam and spent countless hours chatting with the people who worked there. I remember one day in 1977, while I was standing around at the front desk, flipping my basketball around in my hand, talking to Stan or Robert or possibly one of the three Sullivan brothers who worked at the Y, (Scott, Duke and Mark) and someone came in and said that Elvis Presley had died. The YMCA employee I got to know the best was a big, hulking, quite giant of a guy named Brian. Brian had a deep booming voice and he stood about six three or four and he looked like he had probably played f ...
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Len Berman: Top 5 Sports Stories
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
Happy Thursday everyone, here's my Top 5 for February 21, 2013 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com. 1. Quick Hits After a moment of silence in L.A., the Lakers crowd chanted "Jerry, Jerry" for late owner Jerry Buss. The Lakers then beat the Celtics 113-99. The lead detective in the Oscar Pistorious case is himself charged with murder in connection with a 2011 shooting. Lance Armstrong refuses to tell all to USADA. In golf, the Match Play Championship was halted by snow yesterday in Tucson. Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was beaned by Jose Fernandez during batting practice. That's not supposed to happen in spring training. 28-year-old Lauren Silberman, who played soccer in Wisconsin, will be the first woman ever to try out for the NFL at their regional scouting combine in New Jersey. 2. Swap Meet The NBA trade deadline is today at 3 p.m. Houston kicked things off last night by making a six-player trade with Sacramento. So you say that NB ...
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Darryl Dawkins rocks N.J. Nets celebration in pink suit
USA Today - almost 5 years
Ever since Darryl Dawkins named his dunks, he has been a fan favorite.
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Nets’ 35-Year Run In NJ Will End Monday
CBS New York - almost 5 years
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — For the past 45 years, Herb Turetzky has had the best seat in the house to watch the Nets play basketball. It was front row, center court. between the benches, every night. Turetzky, the team’s official scorer, has seen the Nets’ glory days of Julius Erving and the ABA in the opening decade mostly on Long Island to the team’s sometimes laughable struggles in NBA over the last 35 years in New Jersey, whether it be Piscataway, East Rutherford or the team’s current home at the Prudential Center in Newark. The New Jersey chapter will end for all practical purposes Monday night against the Philadelphia 76ers. It will be the Nets’ final home game before a move next season to Brooklyn and the new Barclays Center. The official close to the season will be on Thursday night in Toronto, and of course it will cap a fifth straight non-playoff season. “If there is one word that describes this team’s time in New Jersey, it’s misfortune,” said Turetzky, who will work his ...
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Nuggets' game entertainment director brings flair to job - Nuggets.com
Google News - over 5 years
We always wanted to be Dr. J and Darryl Dawkins. We'd be doing dunks and taking long shots, making a lot of noise.” Fast forward a few decades and Martinez is still making a lot of noise – this time in a much larger venue. The Pepsi Center lights are
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NBA Finals: Predicting the Next 5 NBA Champions - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
When the Jamario Moon gets at just the right position and lets the World B. Free, the right vibes fly in and I get the perfect signal from Darryl Dawkins out on Planet Lovetron letting me see into the basketball future. Now, this has only worked once
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Introducing: Top 30 76ers in the Last 30 Years - The Sixer Sense
Google News - over 5 years
Thus, players like Darryl Dawkins and Doug Collins missed the list. I gave bonuses to players that played on winning teams. Yes, that seems unfair, since players can only have so much control over whether or not they play on good or bad teams
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Post From 2k12 thread - Operation Sports (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Darryl Dawkins: Current Joe Smith. He was pretty much a nonfactor by this point. Just a big body.[/quote] Isiah Thomas:If there was a Hall of Fame for Clutch shooters Zeke would be in the top five. Most people don't know this but a very good offensive
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25 Great Careers Marred by Injury - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
The Sixers featured Dr. J, George McGinnis, Caldwell Jones, Henry Bibby, Darryl Dawkins, World B. Free, and Doug Collins. The Blazers had Bill Walton. Despite falling behind two games to none, Walton willed his club past Philadelphia for an improbable
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Ranking the Philadelphia 76ers Top 10 Centers - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
He probably only scored after Dr. J, George McGinnis, World B. Free, Darryl Dawkins, Mo Cheeks, Bobby Jones, Lionel Hollins and the rest of the explosive Sixers got tired of shooting. Shoot. If Jones was on another team during those years,
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The 4 Jerseys You Gotta Have For Every Team. Day 4: Philadelphia - Bloguin (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Darryl Dawkins -- Two words: "Chocolate Thunder." It is absolutely the coolest thing in the world to be known for shattering backboards with your dunks. Sorry, everyone else, I know a lot of you were a lot better at basketball
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Philadelphia at home in Basketball Hall of Fame | Philadelphia Inquirer | 2011 ... - Philadelphia Inquirer
Google News - over 5 years
"The whole town," says the voice of Darryl Dawkins, "was going crazy." The jersey and sneakers worn by Jameer Nelson in 2004, when the St. Joseph's star was the initial recipient of the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's top collegiate point guard,
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Bad Influences - SLAM Online
Google News - over 5 years
I was encouraged to idolize strong, athletic guys like Charles Barkley, Darryl Dawkins and Dr. J. Unfortunately I grew up to be neither strong nor overly athletic. My body was not like that of my Philadelphia idols, unless you include Mike Gminski
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Dime Q&A: Darryl Dawkins Reveals The Origin of His Nickname And Recalls His ... - Dime Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
Few things can match the power of a Darryl Dawkins dunk — that is, except for Dawkins's personality. Known during his playing days for his backboard-shattering slams, Chocolate Thunder could most recently be found charming basketball
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Kobe Takes Manila; NBA Not Invited - Grantland
Google News - over 5 years
Dennis Rodman's "Bad Boy" tour arrived in 2006 with middle-aged "legends" such as Darryl Dawkins, Calvin Murphy, and Sidney Moncrief and played in an almost empty Araneta Coliseum. Last year, the NBA sponsored an exhibition headlined by Chris Webber,
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Google News - over 5 years
Among the judges he impressed during the competition was NBA great Darryl Dawkins. He joined the Cougars as a walk-on prior to the 2002-03 season and played for three seasons in the Scarlet and White. He competed in 37 games during his collegiate
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Darryl Dawkins
  • 2015
    Age 58
    Dawkins died on August 27, 2015, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, at the age of 58.
    More Details Hide Details The Lehigh County coroner's office announced that an autopsy would be performed on August 27; but according to a statement released by Dawkins' family, the cause of death was a heart attack.
  • 1999
    Age 42
    In 1999, Saturday Night Live named Dawkins the "Man of the Millennium" in a Weekend Update sketch.
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  • 1988
    Age 31
    In 1988 Dawkins married a former Nets cheerleader, Robbin Thornton; they divorced after 10 years.
    More Details Hide Details Dawkins later remarried; he and his wife, Janice, had three children: Nick, Alexis, and Tabitha, a daughter from Janice's previous relationship who has Down syndrome.
  • 1987
    Age 30
    The following autumn, the two were planning to divorce when she committed suicide on November 1, 1987, at her parents' home in New Jersey; Dawkins was in Utah with his team at the time.
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  • 1986
    Age 29
    In September 1986, Dawkins eloped with Kelly Barnes of Trenton, New Jersey.
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    On April 7, 1986, he appeared at WrestleMania II as a guest judge for a boxing match between Mr. T (with Joe Frazier, The Haiti Kid) versus Roddy Piper (with Bob Orton and Lou Duva).
    More Details Hide Details Dawkins appears in NBA Ballers and the NBA 2K video games as a reserve member of the 1980s Legends East Team. He also appears in NBA Live Mobile as a Legend based on his 1979–1980 season with the Sixers. Dawkins' autobiography Chocolate Thunder: The Uncensored Life and Times of Darryl Dawkins (co-authored with Charley Rosen) chronicles his on- and off-the-court life as an NBA star. In the book, Dawkins chronicled some of the racism he encountered during his NBA career, playing alongside 76ers superstar Julius Erving, and his off-the-court experiences with drugs, partying and women.
  • 1985
    Age 28
    Midway through the 1985–86 season, he slipped in his bathtub and injured his back.
    More Details Hide Details At the time, Dawkins was averaging 15.3 points and shooting .644 from the floor, but the injury sidelined him for 31 of the Nets' final 32 games. Dawkins tried to come back over the next three seasons with the Nets, the Utah Jazz and Detroit Pistons, but back problems limited him to 26 games during those seasons. He attempted a comeback in 1994, attending Denver Nuggets training camp, and again in 1995 with the Boston Celtics. Dawkins also spent several seasons overseas after his NBA career, playing in the Italian league for Torino, Olimpia Milano and Telemarket Forli. Following his NBA career, Dawkins had a brief stint with the Harlem Globetrotters, followed by a season spent with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the Continental Basketball Association in 1995–1996. During this season, the Skyforce's games against the Florida Beach Dogs were broadcast nationally by ESPN, as the Beach Dogs included another former NBA player, Manute Bol. In 2005, Dawkins was one of several former NBA players to audition for an analyst position with ESPN, as part of the network's reality series Dream Job.
  • 1983
    Age 26
    The 1983–84 season was Dawkins' last full season.
    More Details Hide Details Injuries limited him to 39 games in 1984–85.
  • 1982
    Age 25
    In the 1982–83 season Dawkins averaged 12. points and shot .599 from the floor, ranking third in the league in field-goal percentage behind Gilmore and Steve Johnson.
    More Details Hide Details The next season, he poured in a career-high 16.8 points per game on .593 field-goal shooting and grabbed 6.7 rebounds per contest. Dawkins also set a dubious NBA record that year when he committed 386 personal fouls for the season. He committed one more personal foul during his career than Michael Jordan, despite playing nearly 350 fewer games.
  • 1981
    Age 24
    First Philadelphia traded Dawkins, who missed nearly half of the 1981–82 season campaign with injuries, to the New Jersey Nets for a first-round draft pick.
    More Details Hide Details The Sixers then sent Caldwell Jones and a first-round pick to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Moses Malone who would help to capture the NBA title for Philadelphia the following year. At age 25, Dawkins joined a Nets club that included Albert King, Buck Williams, and Otis Birdsong. He had two productive seasons in a Nets uniform, but injuries severely impacted the rest of his career.
    In the 1981 season Dawkins produced a .607 field-goal percentage, second in the NBA to Artis Gilmore's .670.
    More Details Hide Details Dawkins averaged 14 points and 7.2 rebounds for the year, but Philadelphia failed to return to the Finals. The club met the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals and lost in seven games. The 76ers suffered another postseason disappointment in 1982 when they reached the Finals but lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games. Frustrated with the team's inability to handle Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sixers management began to shake up the center position.
  • 1979
    Age 22
    In a game against the Kansas City Kings at Municipal Auditorium on November 13, 1979, Dawkins threw down such a massive dunk that the backboard shattered, sending the Kings' Bill Robinzine ducking.
    More Details Hide Details Three weeks later he did it again, this time at home against the San Antonio Spurs at the Spectrum. A few days after that the NBA ruled that breaking a backboard was an offense that would result in a fine and suspension. Dawkins named the first backboard-breaking dunk "The Chocolate-Thunder-Flying, Robinzine-Crying, Teeth-Shaking, Glass-Breaking, Rump-Roasting, Bun-Toasting, Wham-Bam, Glass-Breaker-I-Am-Jam." He named other dunks as well: the Rim Wrecker, the Go-Rilla, the Look Out Below, the In-Your-Face Disgrace, the Cover Your Head, the Yo-Mama, the Spine-Chiller Supreme, and the Greyhound Special (for the rare occasions when he went coast to coast). The 76ers also kept a separate column on the stat sheet for Dawkins's self-created nicknames: "Sir Slam", "Dr. Dunkenstein", and "Chocolate Thunder." At one point, Dawkins claimed to be an alien from the planet Lovetron, where he spent the off-season practicing "interplanetary funkmanship" and where his girlfriend Juicy Lucy lived.
    In 1979–80 he averaged 14.7 points and a career-high 8.7 rebounds, helping the Sixers back to the NBA Finals, which they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.
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  • 1977
    Age 20
    In the 1977–78 season Dawkins finally found a regular role, coming off the bench for nearly 25 minutes per game.
    More Details Hide Details Now a robust 20 years old, he averaged 11.7 points and 7.9 rebounds and ranked second in the league in field-goal percentage at .575. With a club that included Julius Erving, George McGinnis, Lloyd Free, and Doug Collins, the Sixers made another solid postseason run, advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals before losing to the Washington Bullets in six games. Prior to the 1978–79 season Philadelphia traded McGinnis to the Denver Nuggets for Bobby Jones and Ralph Simpson. The move was made in part to clear space for Dawkins on the Sixers' front line, which also included 6-foot-11 Caldwell Jones. Over the next three seasons Dawkins and Caldwell Jones split time at the center and power forward positions, and Dawkins had the most productive stretch of his career.
  • 1975
    Age 18
    A raw talent who needed time to develop, Dawkins languished on the Sixers' bench for his first two seasons. As a rookie in 1975–76 he played in only 37 games, averaging 2.4 points in 4.5 minutes per game.
    More Details Hide Details The next year he played a limited role during the regular season but began to emerge during the playoffs. The Sixers advanced all the way to the NBA Finals that year, and Dawkins was called upon to help battle Portland's Bill Walton. The Trail Blazers won the series in six games, but Dawkins earned respect among the Philadelphia coaching staff with 7.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest in the postseason. In game 2 of the Finals, Dawkins got in a fight with Maurice Lucas, and both wound up ejected from the game. After the fight, Dawkins messed up the Sixers locker room by tearing down a toilet and barricading the door with a locker stall because he felt that "none of his teammates had his back".
    Hoping to follow in Malone's footsteps, the 18-year-old Dawkins renounced his college eligibility and applied for the 1975 NBA draft as a hardship candidate.
    More Details Hide Details The Philadelphia 76ers made him the fifth overall pick, behind David Thompson, David Meyers, Marvin Webster, and Alvan Adams. According to the New York Daily News, when Dawkins made his debut with the 76ers, New York Knicks guard Walt Frazier took one look and said, "I bet his teachers called him 'Mr. Darryl.'" With his size, speed, and touch, Dawkins was expected to take over the league. But he handled the expectations in typical fashion. "When I walked into the league, they wanted me to be Wilt Chamberlain right away—without one minute of college ball", he told The Daily News. "I can't be Wilt Chamberlain. Wilt is much taller than me."
    The team won the state championship in 1975, a year after the ABA's Utah Stars had plucked Moses Malone right out of Petersburg (Virginia) High School.
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  • 1957
    Age 0
    Born on January 11, 1957.
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