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.