Darryl Dawkins Still Dunks, But Only Once a Year

Darryl Dawkins Still Dunks, But Only Once a Year

You'll be happy to know that the man responsible for the NBA's switch to the breakaway rim is still able to dunk — even if its only only once a year.

Gordie Jones recently sat down with Darryl Dawkins to help share the story of Dawkins's family life, specifically his relationship with his daughter, Tabitha, who suffers from down syndrome.

The title of the piece, "'Chocolate Thunder' grounded — and it's a good thing," helps to illustrate how a man who once hailed from the planet Lovetron is now "soft touch" for his kids when not performing community outreach work for the Sixers and Nets or working with Native American basketball players in the Midwest.

Of course, there are three other juicy nuggets to pull from the piece.

1. Dawkins, now 55, dunks just once a year in order to see if he can still do it.

2. Dawkins first backboard-shattering dunk on Nov. 13, 1979 — which he named the "Chocolate Thunder Flyin’, Robinzine Cryin’, Teeth Shakin’, Glass Breakin’, Rump Roastin’, Bun Toastin’, Wham Bam, Glass Breaker I Am Jam" — was an accident. The second one, on Dec. 6, was not.

3. Dawkins is responsible for the scar you may or may not have noticed around Sixers coach Doug Collins' eye.

For further details on each of the above notes and more on what Dawkins is up to now that he's given up the practice of "interplanetary funkmanship," check out Jones' piece. It's worth the read.

LINK: Chocolate Thunder' grounded — and it's a good thing

Dawkins, Doc, and Doug on the finer points of glass breaking:

Temple Men’s Basketball adds two players to 2016-17 roster

Temple Men’s Basketball adds two players to 2016-17 roster

Temple men’s basketball coach Fran Dunphy announced that the team has added two players to its 2016-17 roster. 

The Owls will announce the two new transfers, junior’s Isaiah Lewis and Steve Leonard, Thursday night at the Liacouras Center at the team’s Cherry and White Night. 

Lewis comes to Temple after playing for Casper College in Wyoming last season, where he averaged 5.5 points and 2.2 assists per game. Before his stint at Casper College, the 6-4 guard also played at Lee Junior College in Texas, and averaged 10.0 points and 4.7 assists per game.

Leonard, a 6-6 guard from Collegeville, Pa., played two seasons at Ursinus College. He averaged 5.6 points over 43 games during his career at Ursinus. 

Brett Brown: Sixers' Nik Stauskas set for 'breakout year'

Brett Brown: Sixers' Nik Stauskas set for 'breakout year'

CAMDEN, N.J. — The irony of Nik Stauskas’ reputation as a three-point shooter is that he doesn’t view himself that way.

Stauskas was drafted eighth overall by the Kings in 2014 after shooting 44.1 percent from three over two years at Michigan. But that’s not how he envisioned himself being in the pros.

“It’s crazy,” Stauskas said after practice Thursday. “I know I was a great shooter coming out of Michigan, but I don’t consider myself a shooter. I consider myself a gamer. I don’t think I’m an effective NBA player when I just stand and spot up and shoot threes. That’s really not my game.”

Stauskas has struggled to find offensive consistency in the NBA. The third-year two-guard averaged 32.4 percent from long range in his first two seasons. He wasn’t reliable as a knockdown shooter and bounced in and out of the starting lineup last season.

Rather than being a finesse player, Brett Brown encouraged Stauskas to get aggressive. Brown wanted to a see an edge from Stauskas and not hold back at the basket.

Stauskas displayed that side to his game on opening night against the Thunder. In 23 minutes off the bench, he scored 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting. His only miss came on a three-point attempt. His 83.3 shooting percentage was a single-game career high.

“He was cocky,” Brown said. “He was in attack mode. He was not afraid to put it to the floor and get to the rim. I feel like he’s got a real chance to have a breakout year. We need him to have a breakout year.”

The Sixers picked up the options on Stauskas, Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor on Thursday.

“I think the statement the club made on his contract lets him probably have a little bit more comfort on what we think of him,” Brown said. “I was really happy with his swagger last night.”

Stauskas is figuring out his role on the Sixers this season. It is one that can change often given injuries. A key to being successful, whether he is on the perimeter or at the rim, is feeling confident and in a rhythm on the floor.

“I had fun out there,” Stauskas said. “More than anything, I think yesterday was the first time in a while that I’ve really enjoyed myself out there and had a smile on my face.”