Adam Silver’s statement on Darryl Dawkins’ passing

NEW YORK – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement regarding the passing of Darryl Dawkins:

“The NBA family is heartbroken by the sudden and tragic passing of Darryl Dawkins.  We will always remember Darryl for his incredible talent, his infectious enthusiasm and his boundless generosity.  He played the game with passion, integrity and joy, never forgetting how great an influence he had on his legions of fans, young and old.  Darryl was beloved around the league and he will be deeply missed by his friends, family, teammates and coaches, as well as the millions of fans who witnessed the high-flying brilliance of the one and only ‘Chocolate Thunder.’  Our thoughts and prayers are with Darryl’s wife, Janice, and the entire Dawkins family during this difficult time.”