Black Sports : Former NBA Player Darryl Dawkins - CHOCOLATE THUNDER - DEAD AT 58

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    Former NBA Player Darryl Dawkins Dead At 58
    The famed dunker known as "Chocolate Thunder" passed away on Thursday.
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    By Tim Reynolds

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    Darryl Dawkins was once summoned in the Philadelphia 76ers' locker room to come meet a celebrity who wanted to meet the man known for dunking with backboard-breaking force.

    The guest was Grammy Award winner Stevie Wonder. The entertainer is blind, yet even he could tell there was something very unique about Dawkins' game.

    "A guy who never saw me," a beaming Dawkins said in a 2011 televised interview, "gave me the name 'Chocolate Thunder.'"








    The name stuck, and the rim-wrecking, glass-shattering dunks remain unforgettable — as will the giant of a man who changed the game with them. Dawkins died Thursday at a hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, according to the Lehigh County coroner's office. He was 58, and even though officials said an autopsy would be performed on Friday his family released a statement saying the cause of death was a heart attack.
    "Darryl touched the hearts and spirits of so many with his big smile and personality, ferocious dunks, but more than anything, his huge, loving heart," his family said. "His family, wife Janice, children Dara, Tabitha, Nicholas and Alexis, along with countless family, friends, and fans, all mourn his loss.
    "More than anything Darryl accomplished in his basketball career as the inimitable 'Chocolate Thunder,' he was most proud of his role and responsibility as a husband and father," his family added.
    Dawkins, the first player to go from high school into the first round of the NBA draft, spent parts of 14 seasons in the NBA with Philadelphia, New Jersey, Utah and Detroit. He averaged 12 points and 6.1 rebounds in 726 career regular-season games.

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    From the moment I saw the announcement, I wondered what the cause of death could possibly be for a man of his young age. So far, the information is scant, but I found this:



    ...The Lehigh County, Pennsylvania coroner's office said Dawkins died Thursday morning at a hospital. Later Thursday, Dawkins' family said a heart attack was the cause of death. Officials said an autopsy was scheduled for Friday.

    Injuries plagued him late in his NBA career, and he went overseas for several more years to play primarily in the Italian league...


    http://news.yahoo.com/ex-nba-star-darryl-dawkins-aka-chocolate-thunder-193758094--spt.html


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    The complete article said apparent heart attack





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    Where's the link?


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    This is from yesterday's NY POST

    Former Nets and longtime friends Micheal Ray Richardson and Otis Birdsong were walking back from grabbing a bite to eat Thursday morning in West Palm Beach, Fla. Richardson, phone in hand, started screaming.

    “Sugar has been having trouble with his knee,” Birdsong said. “I thought his knee was hurting.”

    The situation was far worse. Richardson had just received a message that good friend and former teammate Darryl Dawkins, the first player ever drafted directly out of high school into the NBA, was dead. He was 58.

    “I can’t believe. I just can’t believe it, bro,” Richardson said. “He was one of my closest friends.”

    Dawkins’ family released a statement Thursday afternoon, attributing the legend’s death to a heart attack.

    “It is with great sadness that we share the passing of our beloved husband and father, Darryl Dawkins, who succumbed today to a heart attack. Darryl touched the hearts and spirits of so many with his big smile and personality, ferocious dunks, but more than anything, his huge, loving heart,” the statement said.




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    Okay, good deal, but where is the link to this information from the NY post?


    So, we have two articles with no links to either?


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    Not really, I'd say you are luckier than most:



    Rule #11 - Respect People's Property - Include Only a Snippet and Link
    If it is your own property ... your own words ... you are welcome to share as much of it as you would like.

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    If you have the owner's permission ... include it with their property.

    Copyright Infringement - STEALING - Is Not Allowed Here!



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    :10400: .o0( It was only a snippet, NAH! )





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    Even a snippet must have a link, in ordinary cases, according to the rule you read. But you are special, I understand.

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