The Kansas City Kings will bill the Philadelphia 76ers $295 for Darryl Dawkins' dunk shot that shattered a backboard into a shower of glass and bent the support pole so badly it snapped off while a replacement backboard was being erected.
Dawkins need not have been so emphatic, says the Kings' general manager, John Begzos, emphatically, regarding the incident 38 seconds into the second half of Tuesday night's K.C. victory in Municipal Auditorium, which caused a 1-hour 13-minute delay. Referee Bill Oakes attested that Dawkins' arms went through the rim, up to the elbows.
"The question is not whether he could have avoided breaking the backboard," said Begzos. "Of course, he could have."
Wondrously, the only injury was a slight cut on the hand of K.C. forward Bill Robinzine, trying to guard the 6-11, 258-pound Doctor of Dunk who, maturing, said last year he had grown past the stage of naming goodies from his repertoire of stuffs. But if this was one of his "Go-rilla" jobs, call it King Kong.
Or do you agree with Begzos? "It's not part of basketball. It's a sideshow," he said. "We're supposed to be selling the grace and ability of players, not stuff like that."
Most of the 9,180 K.C. customers must have differed. After initial shocked silence, they gave Dawkins a rousing, standing ovation . . .
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