To that list of creaky but employed centers in the NBA - Robert Parish, James Edwards, Tree Rollins, Moses Malone, Bill Cartwright, James Donaldson - you may soon have to add 37-year-old Darryl Dawkins' name.
The 6-11, 270-pound Dawkins, whose self-described "Chocolate Thunder" dunks overcame many an NBA backboard in the 1970s and '80s, is one of only seven players to have bypassed college basketball on their way to the NBA. He holds the league record for fouls in a season, 379 in 1982-83.Dawkins, who has spent the last five years in Italy, averaged 19 points and 12 rebounds last season. Now he wants back, he has signed with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the Continental Basketball Association and he figures it's only a matter of time.
"The reason I went to the CBA was to let people in the NBA know I can still play," Dawkins said.
The Skyforce's camp opens this Thursday, Brandt figures it will be well attended by NBA scouts and he also figures they'll be impressed - perhaps enough that Dawkins will never play a CBA game. In today's market, he figures Dawkins should fetch at least a $500,000 salary.