Kansas City Kings’ Scott Wedman and Philadelphia 76ers’ Julius Erving watch as the Kings’ Bill Robinzine, left, and 76ers’ Darryl Dawkins run for cover after Dawkins shattered the glass backboard during a basketball game in November 1979 in Kansas City, Mo. Darryl Dawkins, whose backboard-shattering dunks earned him the moniker “Chocolate Thunder” and helped pave the way for breakaway rims, died Thursday. He was 58.
Kansas City Kings’ Scott Wedman and Philadelphia 76ers’ Julius Erving watch as the Kings’ Bill Robinzine, left, and 76ers’ Darryl Dawkins run for cover after Dawkins shattered the glass backboard during a basketball game in November 1979 in Kansas City, Mo. Darryl Dawkins, whose backboard-shattering dunks earned him the moniker “Chocolate Thunder” and helped pave the way for breakaway rims, died Thursday. He was 58. Associated Press file
Kansas City Kings’ Scott Wedman and Philadelphia 76ers’ Julius Erving watch as the Kings’ Bill Robinzine, left, and 76ers’ Darryl Dawkins run for cover after Dawkins shattered the glass backboard during a basketball game in November 1979 in Kansas City, Mo. Darryl Dawkins, whose backboard-shattering dunks earned him the moniker “Chocolate Thunder” and helped pave the way for breakaway rims, died Thursday. He was 58. Associated Press file
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Joe Davidson: Darryl Dawkins’ dunk against Kings helped change the game (with video)

August 28, 2015 6:23 PM

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