Sunday, September 13, 2015

A Sad Few Weeks - Darryl Dawkins and Moses Malone Both Die

The Philadelphia 76ers were my favorite NBA team of all time.  Both Darryl Dawkins and Moses Malone were centers for the 76ers.  Darryl died on August 27th and Moses Malone died today. Both were absolute legends.

Darryl Dawkins gave names to his dunks.  My favorite was:  Chocolate-Thunder-Flying, Glass-Flying, Robinzine-Crying, Babies-Crying, Glass-Still-Flying, Cats-Crying, Rump-Roasting, Bun-Toasting, Thank You-Wham-Bam-I-Am-Jam

Moses Malone was the "Chairman of The Boards" for his incredible offensive and defensive rebounding abilities.  As stated in wikipedia "Malone's acquisition paid dividends, as the 76ers won 65 games in the 1982–83 NBA season. Prior to the playoffs, Malone predicted a clean playoff sweep for the 76ers, ending it with the statement Fo, Fo, Fo. The 76ers would steamroll through the playoffs, sweeping the New York Knicks 4–0 in the conference semifinals, before overcoming the Milwaukee Bucks in five games of the conference finals, thereby denying Malone's infamous prediction. Nevertheless, the 76ers were heading into the Finals as confident as ever."

As stated on ESPN, "Malone was the first player to go pro right out of high school, signing with the Utah Stars of the American Basketball Association in 1974. He played the following season for the Spirits of St. Louis before moving to the Buffalo Braves after the ABA-NBA merger in 1976."

God bless Darryl and Moses - they brought tremendous joy to NBA fans all over the world.

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