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Darryl Dawkins broke new ground, and rims, with 76ers

By Mark Perner, Philadelphia Daily News Published: February 4, 2013

This time, it was against the San Antonio Spurs at the Spectrum. He had just received a pass from Doug Collins, who knew what was coming.

“If you see me (in the video), I threw him the pass and I started sliding out of there because I knew he was going to try to tear it down,” Collins told TNT.

That he did. This time, unlike in Kansas City where the rim was dangling from the backboard, he tore the rim right out of the backboard.

“I moved in and I attacked the basket,” the mayor of Lovetron said. “BOOM. And this one, the whole rim came out so I had to get out of the way again.”

“He was empowered by this whole thing, the whole backboard-breaking thing,” Erving said. “And I think that kind of broke him of that habit, because he almost broke his back this time.”

Could have also been the call from the commissioner, Larry O'Brien.

Holding his hand up to his right ear, Dawkins discusses the phone call he received: “He was like, ‘Hey, this is the commissioner. Hey, I want you in my office at 9 o'clock in the morning.' I was like, ‘Uh, oh.' Larry O'Brien called me in. He said it's dangerous. ‘I want you to stop doing it and if you don't, it's going to be $5,000 every time you do it.'

“I stopped.”

The name for his last shattering dunk? The Chocolate Thunder Ain't Playin', Get Out the Wayin', Backboard Swayin', Game Delayin', Super Spike.

Because of Dawkins' pyrodunknics, breakaway rims and hydraulic backboard supports were introduced. Did Dawkins get a percentage of the royalties?

“They didn't even give me enough crumbs to make a meal,” Dawkins said.

He was always the showman, the quipster. Always having fun.

It was well known that Darryl did not have a very long attention span. And at one practice, according to Wohl, Sixers coach Billy Cunningham had had enough of Dawkins' shenanigans.

“Darryl wasn't pushing himself, so I stopped practice,” Cunningham recalled. “I went over to him and really read him the riot act. Really yelled at him. He had his head down and promised me he would do better.”

And then Cunningham broke into a big smile.

“And then as I walked away,” Cunningham said, “he tripped me. I couldn't believe it. What can you do? I finally cracked up laughing like everyone else.”

Darryl being Darryl, always leaving you with a smile.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

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