Breaking News! NBA Legend Darryl Dawkins Dead At 58

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NBA legend Darryl Dawkins has passed away at age 58. Dawkins played most of his career for the Philadelphia 76ers who drafted him straight from high school in 1975, making him the first player to ever go professional after high school. He also spent time with the New Jersey Nets, Utah Jazz, and Detroit Pistons.

Darryl Dawkins earned the moniker ‘Chocolate Thunder’, a name given to him from music legend Stevie Wonder, for his monstrous dunks. His most famous dunk came during a game in 1979 where he broke the two backboards in a game. The NBA would introduce the breakaway rim in the 1981 season in result of this as it would delay the games because of repair.

Dawkins was 6′ 11″ and played center in his 14 year career. He averaged 12 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game. He briefly played with the Harlem Globetrotters after he retired from the NBA as well as coaching in the ABA, USBL and Lehigh Carbon Community College.

BOSTON - APRIL 29:  Darryl Dawkins #53 of the Philadelphia 76ers posts up against Robert Parish #00 of the Boston Celtics in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 1981 NBA Playoffs at the Boston Garden on April 29, 1981 in Boston, Massachusetts.  The Boston Celtics defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 111-109 and won the series 4-3. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1981 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)

BOSTON – APRIL 29: Darryl Dawkins #53 of the Philadelphia 76ers posts up against Robert Parish #00 of the Boston Celtics in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 1981 NBA Playoffs at the Boston Garden on April 29, 1981 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 111-109 and won the series 4-3. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1981 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)


His cause of death is unknown at the moment and autopsy will take place tomorrow. TMZ reports a family member called 911 this morning for a medical emergency that was not made clear. He would pass at the hospital after being transported, there are no signs of foul play or and suspicions surrounding his death at this time.

Rest in peace to one of the true greats of the game. All the sentiments that have been posted online so far show he was just as a great a man off the court as he was on it.

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