Darryl Dawkins Rumors
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?”
Charles Barkley, appearing on the Dan Patrick Show, talked about how he never found Dawkins in a bad mood — he was always “jovial.” Dawkins had become an ambassador of the game, someone beloved by all. And someone who will be missed.
It’s scary to think of what could be done with an 18-year-old Dawkins coming out of the 2015 draft. “A 6-11, physical, athletic, rim-protecting, running ‘big,’ ” said former Sixers general manager Ed Stefanski. “In the up-tempo style of today’s NBA, the big fella would have no problem. “[Dawkins] would be making a lot of money coming into the league right now.”
One season Dawkins had to miss several games with a sore shoulder. He was unable to lift his right arm above his head to shoot or dunk. He was sent to the see the Sixers team doctors and was given a program of rest and therapy and had to undergo treatment from a transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulator. The pain eventually subsided until the next road trip. That’s when the late Chuck Daly, then assistant coach, noticed Dawkins boarding a team flight singing aloud. “Do you think?” Daly asked, pointing at a boombox the size of a small house perched on the big man’s shoulder.
“The world could be crashing down around him, and there was never a day when I didn’t see him with a smile on his face,” Collins said in a phone interview Thursday. “He used to call me Paul Douglas, because that’s my full name — Paul Douglas Collins. And I’d call him Double Stick of Dynamite or D Double D. He was so talented. The game came so easy to him. Maybe too easy. I can’t even imagine how big he’d be if he came along today in this age of social media and top 10 highlights.”