Sixers find unique draft lottery lucky charm

By Lang Whitaker,

VIDEO: Relive Darryl Dawkins’ top 20 career dunks

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERDarryl Dawkins is famous for several things — among them claiming to hail from the Planet Lovetron and going by the nickname “Chocolate Thunder.” But Dawkins may be most famous for some of the dunks he threw down, including two that shattered backboards during games. (You can see one of the instances in the video above.)

Dawkins’ former team the Sixers is in the NBA draft lottery tomorrow night, and they were looking for a little luck. And after holding a contest in Philadelphia, they found a pretty unique good charm, which was created courtesy of Dawkins.

According to, the winning submission came from a fan who owns some of the glass from one of Dawkins’ broken boards. As the fan wrote…

Attached is my family’s submission for the Sixers Lucky Charm Contest. We have two pieces of a backboard broken from the December 5th, 1979 game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Spectrum.

These backboard pieces would make the perfect lucky charm and bring back the Sixers good mojo from the late-’70s and early-’80s championship years. The pieces are small enough so that they will easily fit into the pocket of our Draft Lottery representative. We would love if our family’s item could bring a top pick to the Sixers!

For supplying the winning entry, the fan will receive two season tickets for the Sixers next season. Pretty nice swap.


  1. lbj says:

    Winning the Draft lottery will not get the Sixers a ring, they can come to Miami and play with our “king”

  2. lbj says:

    During that time the backboard was not strong enough to hold dunks such like that compare to LeBron’s era but if LeBron play during that time with his powerfule tomahawk dunks he can break at least 1 backboard a week!!!

  3. lb-who? says:

    if dakins wuz plyn against duh team wit duh heat den duh lebronie would take dawkins and eat him like t rex eat stegusar.

  4. deeper/better says:

    sixers need a head coach and a coaching staff…..only then can they begin a return to champion performances. they should
    revive A&I as a part of their commentators/ basketball operations consultant.