Darryl Dawkins Rumors
About 25 retired NBA players showed up for the screenings, which included heart testing. The NBPA initiated talks on the screenings at their July meetings, and the effort was given added urgency with the heart-related deaths of Moses Malone and Darryl Dawkins. In a conference room provided by the Houston Rockets, physicians met with the retired players to discuss their medical history, test blood pressure, administer EKGs to check the heart’s electrical activity, perform an echocardiogram to check the structure of the heart, scan carotids to look for plaque buildup in the arteries, check for sleep apnea and draw blood. The retired players also received attachments for their cellphones that can perform EKGs and send the results to cardiologists.
Kersey died on Feb. 18 at age 52. Darryl Dawkins died on Aug. 27 at 58. Moses Malone died on Sept. 13 at 60. The causes varied—blood clots for Kersey, a heart attack for Dawkins, heart disease for Malone—but height was a common denominator. Kersey was 6’ 7″, Malone 6’ 10″, Dawkins 6’ 11″. It was a scary summer to be a big man. Super-human size did not seem like such a blessing anymore. Bosh looks at the number of big men with health problems and says, “There’s a discussion we need to have about what we can do.” According to Shirin Shafazand, a pulmonologist with the University of Miami Health System, tall people are no more prone to blood clots than anybody else. But professional athletes may be, since they regularly sustain injuries and take long flights immediately afterward. “If there’s damage to the blood vessels, and then you sit on a plane for six hours without moving or staying hydrated, a clot can easily form,” Shafazand says.
Stephon Marbury: Darryl L. Dawkins #RIP You will be missed in this life time so enjoy forever with the father and my father. Your heart sang for #Jesus by your acts and doings. Family and friends know the real in who you were and what you were on earth. Life changer is what I grew to know you as a child of God. #ChocolateThunder we will miss the dunks and the amazing plays in a game that we all loved but it’s just a game. In the game of life your logic to spread love is the true way to win consistently. Your off the court presence had more of an effect then your basketball presence
Dawkins’ funeral and burial Wednesday will be private, for family only. But Tuesday afternoon was a public viewing and for four hours in 95-degree heat a steady stream arrived by shuttle bus or walked up the hill from the parking lot at the Catasauqua Park to pay their respects. Ex-76ers teammate Maurice Cheeks filed through the line and then sat in a pew about halfway back in the church. Former heavyweight boxing champion Larry Holmes, a resident of Easton, stopped at the gold-colored casket, where the flamboyant Dawkins wore, of course, a bright red suit with silver pinstripes.
“I came out of the house one morning and looked down and there is this giant guy,” Charlie said. “I went in and told my wife, ‘We have Chocolate Thunder for a neighbor!’ “We got to chatting and became friends over the years. He was always so friendly, always so happy. He’d be out walking his dog and stop to talk with anybody he met.” “We have four boys,” said Natalie, “and they’re taking this hard. The second one says, ‘Who’s going to play ball with us? Who’s going to give us T-shirts? Who’s going to give us rides to the gym on the cold days in winter?”