Old-school NBA fans remember Darryl Dawkins smashing backboards with dunks, but a high school basketball player showed he could do it, too.
Last Saturday, Tyler Stone of Joshua, Texas, High School brought down the rim, the backboard, and the house with his dunk against Ennis High School. Stone, a senior guard who is 6-foot, 3-inches tall, took the ball on a breakaway and did not stop.
He went up in the air, slammed the basketball down, and the backboard broke.
The referees call time as Stone gets surrounded by his happy teammates. In fact, one of the referees reached out and slapped Stone’s hand.
Take a look at how the whole scene breaks down in Ennis, Texas.
School officials were able to replace the shattered backboard. Joshua didn’t miss a step, beating Ennis 70-62.
High School Basketball Play Harkens Back To Dawkins
Dawkins, who died last year at 58 years old, also put together a highlight reel of dunks where backboards were smashed.
He remembers going to the Philadelphia 76ers‘ locker room to meet a celebrity.
The guest was Grammy Award winner Stevie Wonder. The entertainer is blind, yet even he could tell there was something unique about Dawkins’ game.
“A guy who never saw me,” a beaming Dawkins said in a 2011 interview, “gave me the name ‘Chocolate Thunder.'”
The name stuck and remains with him in memory.
Dawkins spent parts of 14 seasons in the NBA with Philadelphia, New Jersey, Utah, and Detroit. He averaged 12.0 points and 6.1 rebounds in 726 regular-season games. His 57.2 field goal percentage is seventh-best in NBA history.
The 76eres selected Dawkins fifth overall in the 1975 NBA draft.