Deaths of Dawkins, Malone raise health concerns for NBA, retirees
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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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