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Darryl Dawkins Signed Evans High School Jersey "Choc Thunder" (JSA COA) 76ers



Varsity Legends, Maynard Evans High School (Orlando, Florida) Jersey, size adult Large. Hand-signed and inscribed by Darryl Dawkins (D. 2015)

Please note, the jersey has yellowish residue on the rear letter patches as well as the number patches. See photos to confirm the jersey's condition.

Darryl Dawkins Passed Away August 27, 2015. He was an American professional basketball player. He was particularly known for his tenure with the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets, although he also played briefly for the Detroit Pistons and Utah Jazz late in his career. His nickname, Chocolate Thunder was bestowed upon him by Stevie Wonder. He was known for his powerful dunks, which led to the NBA adopting breakaway rims due to him shattering a backboard on two occasions in 1979.

The lot / autograph(s) includes an official James Spence Authentication (JSA) hologram and matching COA for authenticity purposes.

Authentication: JSA COA

In a game against the Kansas City Kings in K.C. on November 13, 1979, Dawkins broke the backboard, sending the Kings' Bill Robinzine ducking. Three weeks later he did it again, this time at home against the San Antonio Spurs at the Spectrum. A few days after that the NBA created a new rule that breaking a backboard was an offense that would result in a fine and suspension.

Dawkins named the first backboard-breaking dunk The Chocolate-Thunder-Flying, Robinzine-Crying, Teeth-Shaking, Glass-Breaking, Rump-Roasting, Bun-Toasting, Wham-Bam, Glass-Breaker-I-Am-Jam. He named other dunks as well: the Rim Wrecker, the Go-Rilla, the Look Out Below, the In-Your-Face Disgrace, the Cover Your Head, the Yo-Mama, the Spine-Chiller Supreme, and the Greyhound Special (for the rare occasions when he went coast to coast). The 76ers also kept a separate column on the stat sheet for Dawkins's self-created nicknames: Sir Slam, Dr. Dunkenstein, and Chocolate Thunder. Dawkins also wore gold chain necklaces during games until the end of the 1980 NBA Finals when the NBA banned players from wearing them on court. One gold chain had a cross while the other featured one of his nicknames Sir Slam in gold script. He also had a similar necklace that has another nickname Dr. Dunk in gold script. Sometimes, Dawkins would also shave his head and have it oiled along with wearing an earring.

At one point, Dawkins claimed to be an alien from the planet Lovetron, where he spent the off-season practicing interplanetary funkmanship where his girlfriend Juicy Lucy lived.

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