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Darryl 'Chocolate Thunder' Dawkins dies at 58

Darryl Dawkins, whose backboard-shattering dunks earned him the moniker "Chocolate Thunder" and helped pave the way for breakaway rims, has died.

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Paying Their Respects To Darryl Dawkins

NBA stars past and present, including Allen Iverson, Shaquille O'Neal and many more, took the news of Darryl Dawkins' death hard. Social media outpouring


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I love that Darryl Dawkins' greatest dunk name is exactly 140 characters. Rest In Peace, Chocolate Thunder

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The Chocolate-Thunder-Flying, Robinzine-Crying, Teeth-Shaking, Glass-Breaking, Rump-Roasting, Bun-Toasting, Wham-Bam, Glass-Breaker-I-Am-Jam

Darryl Dawkins dies at age 58

He was dubbed "Chocolate Thunder" for his backboard-shattering dunks during his 14-year NBA career, mostly with the Sixers and Nets. His family said in a statement that he died of a heart attack. Story

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Michael Carter-Willi @MCW1

Rest Easy Daryl Dawkins all time great! He was great to philly! Heart goes out to all the sixer fans and to Daryl's family

Dawkins' 'personality was electric'

Chris Broussard says Darryl Dawkins' legacy was "the naming of his dunks like the Wham-Bam-Thank You Ma'am ... and that he was one of the best in-game dunkers in NBA history."


THTV throwback with Darryl Dawkins

Earlier this year, the late Darryl Dawkins joined TrueHoop TV, where he shared a softer side to "Chocolate Thunder."


Adam Silver statement on Darryl Dawkins

The NBA commissioner released a statement that read in part: “The NBA family is heartbroken by the sudden and tragic passing of Darryl Dawkins. We will always remember Darryl for his incredible talent, his infectious enthusiasm and his boundless generosity. He played the game with passion, integrity and joy, never forgetting how great an influence he had on his legions of fans, young and old."

Thomas: Dawkins was 'spectacular'

Isiah Thomas, who played with Darryl Dawkins in Detroit, said of the late NBA legend: "You love the way he approached the game."


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"Chocolate Thunder Flyin,' Robinzine Cryin,' Teeth Shakin,' Glass Breakin,' Rump Roastin,' Bun Toastin,' Wham, Bam, Glass Breaker I am Jam"

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Darryl Dawkins (1957-2015) A ferocious dunker, Dawkins was also an accomplished elocutionist, a master of rhyme, coining many of his dunks.

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