An ambassador for the NBA Nation tour, Dawkins believes he’s been gifted to work with kids according to a recent interview posted on the team’s web site. As a big kid and an 18-year-old prep superstar, he was drafted fifth overall by the 76ers in 1975.
One of the most interesting men in the world, here are 10 unforgettable moments Mr. Darryl, "Sir Slam," "Dr. Dunkenstein" and "Chocolate Thunder"...Mr. Chocolate Thunder has provided for Philly.
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Philadelphia traded Dawkins to the New Jersey Nets for a first-round pick after he missed almost half of the 1981-82 season due to injuries. It was one of the saddest days in Philadelphia basketball history.
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Trying to pull himself up by his sneaker straps and become an NBA head coach, Dawkins took on junior college kids. I respect a rim wrecker who is willing to start from the bottom. Here's hoping he reaches the top.
Junior college kids probably eat a lot of cold pizza for breakfast. Darryl probably still does, too, along with anything else in his way to the top. Watch out below.
Dana Jacobson, right, was a host of ESPN's Cold Pizza, but she wasn't there the day Dawkins faced off against Cactus Jack on the former wrestler's new-fangled arm wrestling machine. She's probably still giving thanks for her absence to this day.
Here’s a clip of the riveting arm wrestling match otherwise titled: “Down Goes Dawkins…Maybe.”
Damn the cold pizza, Darryl made dudes eat backboard glass. Watch out below!
A poet in his own rhyme, Dawkins named the backboard-breaking dunk: "The Chocolate-Thunder-Flying, Glass-Flying, Robinzine-Crying, Babies Crying, Glass Still Flying, Cats Crying, Rump-Roasting, Bun-Toasting, Bake the Wham-Bam, I Am Jam."
He would break another one and forever change the NBA's rims.
As a New Jersey Net, Dawkins recorded his personal foul No. 379.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, all accumulated during the 1982-83 season. NBA fouls would never be the same.
It was a record that would stand the test of time until the next season.
Mr. Dawkins committed foul No. 386 while still playing for the N.J. Nets. Veteran official Joey Crawford, left, probably whistled him for 385.
In discussing his treatment from the referees, Dawkins was usually very diplomatic. Maybe he should run for office in Philly. He'd probably have to give up his place of residency status on Planet Lovetron.
Dawkins probably won't move from the planet Lovetron because Philly is too square.
Darryl once squared off with the now late Maurice Lucas in an NBA boxing main event at the Spectrum.
It looked more like the Jerry Springer Show broke out on the court. Lucas "stole" Dawkins in the back of the head, but they ended up square dancing more than fighting.
In those days there were a lot more “fights” because the fine for throwing punches was a microscopic amount compared to today’s NBA dollars.
On December 6—three weeks after breaking his first glass in NBA game action—Dawkins tore down the entire rim and shattered the backboard's square.
NBA commissioner Lawrence O’Brien dealt with Dawkins by ruling that riding down on a backboard was a federal offense resulting in a fine and suspension. Break away rims were invented in due time.
Dawkins didn’t name this smasher, but he named others: the Rim Wrecker, the Go-Rilla, the Look Out Below, the In-Your-Face Disgrace, the Cover Your Head, the Yo-Mama and the Spine-Chiller Supreme.
O'Brien probably told Dawkins to chill the buck out.
Chilling Dawkins, left, and Robert Horry yucked it up before the dunk contest. This fluorescent green/yellow and black ensemble is still etched in my mind.
Although he looked like a stop light gone wild, he is literally big enough to pull it off. It's probably the latest style on, you guessed it...
Planet Lovetron. These have been 10 entertaining moments in the life of Darryl Dawkins presented by Bleacher Report. Catch us next time live and direct on Lake's Lovetron Report.