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Karl Towns posts emotional tribute to Darryl Dawkins

Earlier this afternoon, the unfortunate news came out that NBA great Darryl Dawkins passed away from a heart attack at the age of 58. Dawkins, known as “Chocolate Thunder” for his monster dunks, was the first NBA player to make the leap to the league straight from high school.

The news was especially hard for former Cat Karl Towns, whose father knew Dawkins. The two practiced together during Karl Sr.’s playing days at Monmouth University and kept in touch, to the point that Karl Jr. referred to Dawkins as “Uncle Darryl.” Karl posted this touching tribute on Twitter this afternoon:

In a loss of words….

I’m going to miss you so much Uncle Darryl. There will never be another Chocolate Thunder. Love you so much and going to miss you so much..

Always told you I would make it to the NBA since I was little, I thank the man above  for allowing me to come through on my promise to you.

Rest in peace, Darryl.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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3 Comments for Karl Towns posts emotional tribute to Darryl Dawkins

  1. Bob
    6:00 pm August 27, 2015 Permalink

    I remember Mr D in Philly back in the day if i remember when he shattered the backboard . It was also good to hear Bobby Jones’s name too .It’s hard to believe i have been gone from Philly 21 years now. Make no mistake all my pro teams are from Philly with Cinn bengals and Reds my second pro teams behind the Eagles and Phillys. However there’s only one college for me for 54 years it’s Big Blue .Go Cats !!!

  2. Mark Liptak
    10:16 pm August 27, 2015 Permalink

    Mrs. Thompson:

    My memory may be faulty but I think Bill Willoughby was the first player in the NBA to come directly from high school and I think Moses Malone was the first in the ABA.

  3. tom
    6:35 am August 28, 2015 Permalink

    Little known fact: if Dawkins didn’t go pro he would have been on the ’78 team. Can you imagine, Robey, Phillips, Lee and Dawkins?