Darryl Dawkins, NBA’s ‘Chocolate Thunder’ Dunker, Dies at 58

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Sixers Darryl Dawkins hammers another dunk shot through the net to score against the Atlanta Hawks in an NBA playoff game, in this April 15, 1980 file photo, in Philadelphia.

Photographer: Rusty Kennedy/AP Photo

Darryl Dawkins, who was the first high school player to go straight to the National Basketball Association and became known for his backboard-shattering dunks, has died. He was 58.

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