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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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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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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."


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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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Westbrook shows Taylor Swift-loving side

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