Inside The NBA looks back at Darryl Dawkins & Shaq’s backboard breaking days

Published on November 14th, 2014 by Astramskas, David | 1,367 views

On last night’s Inside the NBA they paid tribute to the original rim breaker Darryl “Chocolate Thunder” Dawkins on a “This day in history (how did I miss this one?)” segment by showing his most famous backboard breaking instance. They then flashbacked to a few backboard breaking instances by a rookie Shaq including the one against the Nets and the one right in front of Charles Barkley when he was playing for the Suns. ┬áThis then led into Kenny Smith’s dunk contest performance and the never-gets-old clip of Elevator Ernie Johnson dunking on a low rim.

Back to Chocolate Thunder. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Darryl for the past 5 years on the Sprite Showdown tour and nobody and I mean nobody has better stories about the NBA and tells them in a funnier way than Dawkins. ┬áThis guy, who also happens to be one of the nicest and personable players I’ve ever met, should be on TV daily.


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David Astramskas,

Aka VincentDa & RedApples fka Expiredpineapples. My alter-ego is a digital-marketing guy in Houston. Won editing awards & created obsolete flash websites that have been featured in mags like Sports Illustrated. Studied film & women at FSU during the golden age of hip-hop. Collects records, laserdiscs, sports memorabilia & toys. Father of 2 daughters that are more athletic and popular on YouTube.

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