A Daryl Dawkins

A Daryl Dawkins



Daryl is an entrepreneur and public speaker with a focus on agile marketing and content strategy, who has grown his business to $50M in revenue in his first few years of business, serving Fortune 500 companies and start-ups.


Darryl R. Dawkins (January 11, 1957 – August 27, 2015) was an American professional basketball player. He was particularly known for his tenure with the National Basketball Association's Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets, although he also played briefly for the Detroit Pistons and Utah Jazz late in his career. His nickname, "Chocolate Thunder", was bestowed upon him by Stevie Wonder.

Dawkins languished on the Sixers' bench for his first two seasons. In his second season, after playing limited minutes during the regular season, Dawkins was called upon to help the Sixers in their playoff run, to battle Dave Cowens of the Celtics and Moses Malone of the Rockets. The Sixers won both playoff series and advanced to the NBA Finals. Matched up against Portland's Bill Walton, Dawkins helped the Sixers take the first two games before the Trail Blazers won the next four to win the series in six games. In the second game of the series, Dawkins got into a fight with Maurice Lucas, resulting in both players being ejected. Dawkins took his anger out on the 76ers locker room by tearing a toilet out of the wall and dislodging a locker stall and barricading the door with it. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)


For the next nine seasons, Dawkins averaged double figures in points. His best year statistically came during the 1983-84 season when he was in his second year with the New Jersey Nets. He finished averaging a career-high 16.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while playing in 81 games. He had been traded in August of 1982 to the Nets for a first-round pick. Dawkins played the first seven seasons of his career in Philadelphia and the next five with the Nets. He ended his career with brief stints with the Utah Jazz and the Detroit Pistons.

Dawkins is most famous for his iconic, backboard-shattering dunks during the 1979 season. He named the first dunk “The Chocolate-Thunder-Flying, Robinzine-Crying, Teeth-Shaking, Glass-Breaking, Rump-Roasting, Bun-Toasting, Wham-Bam, Glass-Breaker-I-Am-Jam.” After his career in the NBA and overseas, Dawkins held various positions as a player and coach for various teams in lesser-known professional leagues. Dawkins and coauthor Charley Rosen, released his autobiography, Chocolate Thunder: The Uncensored Life and Times of Darryl Dawkins in 2003. (Source: www.blackpast.org)



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