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RIP, Chocolate Thunder

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by MisterCreosote, Aug 27, 2015.

  1. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

  2. Flip Wilson

    Flip Wilson Well-Known Member

    Crap. Sorry to hear this. I really liked Dawkins.
  3. Sea Bass

    Sea Bass Well-Known Member

    Wow. I would have guessed he was much older than 58.
  4. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Damn. He was a new era in fun.

    Best nickname ever?
  5. Bronco77

    Bronco77 Active Member

    Doesn't seem all that long ago that he was making his debut with the Sixers at age 18. He wasn't the first to turn pro at such as early age, but certainly one of the most memorable from that era.
  6. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    RIP Darryl Dawkins. You entertained and kept people smiling. You were Shaq before there was a Shaq.
  7. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    He was the first to go directly to the NBA from high school. Moses Malone did it a year earlier, but with the ABA.

    There was another guy before them, but I believe he had to wait a few years after his high school graduation to join the team that drafted him.
  8. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    That's funny because I was surprised he wasn't younger.
  9. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    Except not nearly as good a player.
  10. BadgerBeer

    BadgerBeer Active Member

    Bill Willoughby came out the same years as Dawkins. I think the Hawks drafted him in the second round.
  11. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    Yes, he was with the Hawks. I remember his introduction at the Omni -- "From Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, New Jersey...". He had quite the undistinguished career.
  12. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    In fairness, there might be 20 guys (and maybe 5 big men) who were as good as Shaq in his prime.
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