Throw Back Thursday 8/28/2015

"Game Changer" - How he got his name


Being from the east coast and an old school 76'er fan from the days of Dr. J, I remember the big names of Charles Barkley, Moses Malone, Doug Collins, and Allen Iverson.  But you can't mention the 76er's without the man that changed the inside game and one of the true old school "POWER" centers, known as "Double D", "Chocolate Thunder" and many other nick names; Sixers center from 1975 to 1982...Darryl Dawkins.  Darryl pasted away on August 27, 2015 (aged 58) from a heart attack. 

Darryl became the 2nd player ever drafted out of high school by the NBA when the 76er's used their 1st round(5th overall) pick of 1975 draft.  He was known for his powerful dunks, which notably led to the NBA adopting breakaway rims due to his shattering the backboard on two occasions in 1979. Dawkins named the first backboard-breaking dunk "The Chocolate-Thunder-Flying, Robinzine-Crying, Teeth-Shaking, Glass-Breaking, Rump-Roasting, Bun-Toasting, Wham-Bam, Glass-Breaker-I-Am-Jam." Because of the power of his dunks the NBA ruled that breaking a backboard was an offense that would result in a fine and suspension. Although Darryl Dawkins notoriously shattered two backboards with his thunder dunks in 1979, the old-style bolted rim structure was not phased out of the NBA until the 1981–82 season, when breakaway rims debuted as a uniform equipment upgrade, but his inside play had much to do with the decision. 

Dawkins showcased his dunks by giving them names:

  • Rim Wrecker
  • Go-Rilla
  • Look Out Below
  • In-Your-Face Disgrace
  • Cover Your Head
  • Yo-Mama
  • Spine-Chiller Supreme
  • Greyhound Special (for the rare occasions when he went coast to coast)


The 76ers also kept a separate column on the stat sheet for Dawkins's nicknames: "Sir Slam", "Dr. Dunkenstein", and "Chocolate Tunder."

His dunks where so bad that his nickname, "Chocolate Thunder", was bestowed upon him by Stevie Wonder, imagine that,"I can't see you, but I feel the power of your dunks from the vibration of the stadium".  

"Double D" thanks for your contribution to the game, for your personality and your will to give back to the fans.  OLD SCHOOL PLAYERS, when you could connect personally with your favorite player.


Click on the link below to watch some of his MONSTER DUNKS; You may need to strap your computer down, as these are earth shattering SLAMS.




Darryl Dawkins Dies At Age 58

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