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He went too soon: Darryl Dawkins, aka Chocolate Thunder, aka Dr. Dunk, died Thursday at age 58.
His combination of personality and backboard-shattering dunks made him a player no hoops fan could forget. So it's only natural that a social media outpouring followed the news, featuring current and former Philadelphia 76ers, big-time dunkers, other stars past and present, and even those who never played in the NBA:
RIP Chocolate Thunder pic.twitter.com/WFFCPqeELk— Allen Iverson (@alleniverson) August 27, 2015
Rest In Peace Darryl Dawkins aka Chocolate Thunder pic.twitter.com/0FPKTUel6I— SHAQ (@SHAQ) August 27, 2015
R.I.P to Orlando florida's own "Chocolate Thunder" Darryl Dawkins. You will be missed my friend. You paved ... http://t.co/NXoiej1nDP— Vince Carter (@mrvincecarter15) August 27, 2015
So sad to hear that my friend, NBA Legend Darryl Dawkins aka "Chocolate Thunder" passed away.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) August 27, 2015
Darryl Dawkins' bigger than life personality will be missed by all. He was a good friend and I will miss him dearly.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) August 27, 2015
I couldn't wait to see Darryl at every NBA All-Star Weekend. He was always the life of the party!— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) August 27, 2015
RIP Darryl Dawkins #chocolatethunder! All my prayers to family.— Isiah Thomas (@iamisiahthomas) August 27, 2015
Rest in peace OG. You were one of my favorite players of all time. You were very inspirational to a lot of young players. Thank u for the long talks and great memories. I can't believe that you're gone. But you are in a better place. You were the originator of the dunk. The names you came up with were creative and on point. Prayers go up for the Dawkins family. Rest easy OG. #chocolate thunder
I can't believe the news about my friend Darryl Dawkins. A fun spirited, loving and family man I hope you rest easy. Praying for your family— Tyrone Muggsy Bogues (@MuggsyBogues) August 27, 2015
RIP to Darryl Dawkins aka "Chocolate Thunder" - a great man, entertainer, athlete and ferocious dunker. He will be missed but not forgotten.— Kevin Johnson (@KJ_MayorJohnson) August 27, 2015
Darryl Dawkins was an icon, as a Sixer legend but more as a person. He will be truly missed by all. RIP #ChocolateThunder— Jahlil Okafor (@JahlilOkafor) August 27, 2015
I'm going to miss you so much Uncle Darryl. There will never be another Chocolate Thunder. Love you so much and going to miss you so much..— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) August 27, 2015
RIP Darryl Dawkins... Dr Dunk... Chocolate Thunder... one of THE nicest men... you will be missed. Prayers to his family, friends & fans— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) August 27, 2015
R.I.P Darryl Dawkins "Chocolate Thunder"— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) August 27, 2015
Rest in peace Darryl Dawkins. Wonderful memories of the 1980 Championships vs. Philadelphia. You had your own style. #ChocolateThunder— Jeanie Buss (@JeanieBuss) August 27, 2015
The Celtics and 76ers will match up in a Game 7 after Philadelphia pulled off an 82-75 win at home. Allen Iverson's presence energized a crowd that Kevin Garnett had earlier criticized as lackadaisical and fair-weather, but that likely won't be a factor when the series returns to Boston. What might be a factor is the possible absence of Avery Bradley, whom the Celtics could lose for the remainder of the playoffs because of a shoulder injury. We'll find out what all of this means Saturday night.
Which team wins?
The Celtics missed several opportunities to put this series away, as their horrible shooting percentage doomed them in Game 6.
Contenders without Bradley?
Avery Bradley has been the Celtics' secret hero on more than one occasion this season. His absence could be huge.
Could Iverson come back?
Allen Iverson's most recent stint playing basketball in Turkey ended when he underwent calf surgery. Could he still play in the NBA?
Ray Allen has never been one for controversy -- the last time we can recall him doing something out of the ordinary was when he starred in He Got Game. That's why it's such a surprise that one of the league's most businesslike players is taking on an unusual target: the fans.
Allen is of the opinion that fans have too much influence in voting for the All-Star game. Specifically, Allen takes issue with the likely inclusion of Allen Iverson and Tracy McGrady, both of whom are in position to start the game despite having sub-par seasons. Is Allen suggesting that, just maybe, the fans don't know what they're talking about? Perhaps. More likely, there's an element of favoritism involved -- it's difficult to seperate logic from emotion when it comes to evaluating players. Does Allen have a point?
No the format doesn't need to be changed. Why? Because All-Star weekend is about just that. ALL STARS. If a player is having a great season in the NBA, sometimes he'll get voted to an All-Star game, HOWEVER, the real reward of recognition comes at the end of the season, with the All NBA voting. Being on the All NBA 1st, 2nd, or 3rd teams, or the All NBA Defensive 1st, 2nd, or 3rd teams is where you get recognized career wise moreso than All-Star appearances, but this obviously isn't just about performance, but also about MONEY.” -- vgametime
I agree guys like Iverson and McGrady aren't wothy to be All-Stars based on their play this season, but it's the fans' game. They should be able to vote for whoever they wanna see. Period.” -- steinhardt711