Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday… Darryl Dawkins aka Chocolate Thunder

Darryl Dawkins

To his critics he was a manchild who only did one thing better than dunking …fouling. To his fans he was Chocolate Thunder from the planet Love Tron (yes he did say that). But to the world at large especially in the NBA he was Darryl Dawkins. For you too young to know Darryl Dawkins he was Shaq Before Shaq. At the time he was only the second player striaght from high school to the pros. So he was raw talented and imposing …6-11 260 and could leap. There was big expectations for a man of his size and talent, many felt he should have better stats than what he did for his career, all of which is true. However it’s hard to post good stats when you are constantly in foul trouble. Dawkins could pick up 3 fouls just getting to the scorer’s table …ok maybe not quite like that but he did get 3 fouls in a matter of moments and then back to the bench. He never played college ball so his skills needed time to develop but there was no mistaking that he was a force to be reckoned with.

Darryl Dawkins was also most noted for his two dunks that shattered backboards as you will see in the video below. Shaq may like to take credit for the NBA making the the backboard harder to shatter but it was Chocolate Thunder …Darryl Dawkins who did it first.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …salutes Darryl Dawkins aka Chocolate Thunder. Enjoy the video !

Published by bklynboy59

Welcome to Smallthoughtsinasportsworld. We keep it fun and we keep interesting and informative. On Tuesdays we go back in time with Old School Tuesdays, on Thursdays we keep it fun by Smallthoughts Trivia Thursday and on Fridays is Smallthoughts: Rant of the Week and Smallthoughts:Rave of the Week and we also post the answer from Smallthoughts:Trivia Thursday. I am a lifelong New York Mets, Knicks and Jets and Giants fan. I root hard for my teams and have rooted for them even when it wasn't and in some cases still isn't easy. I enjoy talking sports, and on here I get to write about it as well. I have my thoughts hence Small thoughts, we will not always agree, but respectfully speak about what we feel. I invite your comments and feedback as well. You can also follow me on twitter @bklynboy59 and facebook Jerry bklynboy Small

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