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Name: Darryl Dawkins  
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Date of Birth: 11th January 1957
Place of Birth: Orlando, Florida, USA
Profession: Actor
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Darryl Dawkins (born January 11, 1957 in Orlando, Florida) is a former professional basketball player, most noted for his days with the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets, although he also played briefly for the Detroit Pistons and Utah Jazz late in his career.

Dawkins was the first player to go straight from high school to the NBA, drafted fifth overall out of Maynard Evans High School (FL) by the Sixers in the 1975 NBA Draft.

He was a fan favorite because of his backboard-shattering dunks (which he would name). He broke two backboards in the 1979 season; one at Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium on November 13, 1979 (which he called "The Chocolate-Thunder-Flying, Robinzine-Crying, Teeth-Shaking, Glass-Breaking, Rump Roasting, Bun-Toasting, Wham-Bam-Glass-Breaker-I-Am-Jam"); and a second backboard 23 days later at the Philadelphia Spectrum. Because his dunks resulted in delays while teams went to find another backboard, the NBA eventually modified their basketball rims to make them collapsible in the event another superstar wanted to emulate Dawkins' dunks.

His nickname was "Chocolate Thunder" and he claimed to be an alien from planet Lovetron where he spent off-season practicing "interplanetary funkmanship" and where his girlfriend juicy Lucy still lived.

Darryl Dawkins was also immortalized by the song Darryl Dawkins - Sound of Love by the Screaming Headless Torsos.

In 2005, he, as well as other former pro basketball players, tried out for a NBA analyst position with ESPN as part of the network's reality series Dream Job. He is currently the head coach of the American Basketball Association's Newark Express.

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