The world of basketball has lost one of its brightest stars as slam dunking legend Darryl Dawkins passed away Thursday morning at the age of 58.
The former NBA star was reportedly taken to the hospital for an unknown medial emergency where he died at approximately 11:19 AM.
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An autopsy is currently set for tomorrow; sources are already saying there's no suspicion of foul play in his death.
Darryl was the first NBA player to be drafted straight out of high school and he earned the nickname "Chocolate Thunder" for his monstrous dunks.
The game of basketball would not be what it is today if it weren't for Darryl, and he will truly be missed.
[Image via AP Images.]
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Does the "no crying in baseball" rule also apply to basketball, because this story is giving us ALL the feels!
5-year-old JP Gibson didn't let his battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia keep him from becoming one of the biggest stars in the NBA last night when he made his debut for the Utah Jazz!
The pint-sized basketballer's wish was granted as he got a chance to play for his favorite team after the Jazz offered him a 1-day contract, which he gladly signed with a crayon!
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A shirtless man from Morehead State was REALLY feeling himself when he attempted to make a slam dunk in front of a packed stadium!
He ripped off his shirt — because why not?! — then went running at the basket for the dunk.
That's when things went HIGHlariously wrong!
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On Britain's Got Talent, there was a Hungarian team of trick basketball players.
All they had was a trampoline, a basket, and a set of balls.
And believe us, it takes balls to flip through the air and slam dunk a basketball at high speed like that. LOLz!
Check out the video (above) to see some talented young guys fly through their air and dance to some hot tunes.
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