Share “Backboard Busters” Modified: January 7, 2010 at 9:47 am •  Published: January 7, 2010

Then-commissioner Larry O’Brien threatened to suspend Dawkins if he didn’t stop making it rain — glass, that is.

Michael Jordan, Stefanel Trieste (no, really)
Jordan broke a backboard in a 1986 exhibition game in Italy between Stefanel Trieste and Juve Caserta. The game was sponsored by Nike, the parent company of Jordan’s Jumpman franchise.

Jerome Lane, Pittsburgh
After Lane did it in 1988, commentator Bill Raftery coined his now-legendary catchphrase, "Send it in, Jerome!” (Lane later played for the Oklahoma City Cavalry of the Continental Basketball Association.)

Shaquille O’Neal, Orlando Magic
O’Neal didn’t shatter the backboard, but he brought an entire goal down, sending the shot clock crashing down onto his head in a game at the Meadowlands in 1993.

Darvin Ham, Texas Tech
Ham did it on a tip slam against North Carolina in the 1996 NCAA Tournament and landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated.


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