Bill Robinzine was a 6'7" forward out of DePaul University who played seven seasons (1975–1982) in the NBA for the Kansas City Kings, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, and Utah Jazz. He averaged 10 PPG and 6 RPG, and he appeared in only eight playoff games (all for the Kings). So chances are, you've never heard of him. But if you have heard of him, it's probably not for anything he accompished in his career. Unless you consider surviving a brutal posterization to be an "accomplishment."

In November 1979, Darryl "Chocolate Thunder" Dawkins dunked on Robinzine with such matchless seismicity that the backboard freaking exploded, sending Robinzine scampering away like a 10-year-old girl who just watched her pet kitten "Nibbles" get eaten alive by bullet ants.

To add insult to Bill's ego-ectomy, Dawkins named the dunk "Chocolate Thunder Flying, Glass Flying, Robinzine Crying, Babies Crying, Glass Still Flying, Catch Crap, Rump Roasting, Bun Toasting, Thank You, Wham, Bam, I Am Jam." Because nothing eases the pain of a savage facial quite like having your terrified retreat immortalized in a 25-word dunk name.

Here's a fun little video tribute to the event.


Fun fact: Chocolate Thunder was inventing dunk names waaaaay before NBA Street was doing it. Here are some of his best: the Rim Wrecker, the Go-Rilla, the Look Out Below, the In-Your-Face Disgrace, the Cover Your Head, the Yo-Mama, and the Spine-Chiller Supreme.

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10 Comments:
Anonymous Sturla said...
Not So Fun Fact: According to Wikipedia "In September 1982, Robinzine committed suicide in his car by carbon monoxide poisoning at an abandoned house in Kansas City, Missouri."

Blogger Basketbawful said...
sturla -- I know. I actually avoided including that part.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Now that goes from funny to sad...

Does Dawkins even know he committed suicide? It didn't sound like it since that video interview looks to be recorded well after 1982.

Anonymous Don Paco said...
Craig Sager's hair looks the exact same as 30 years ago...

Blogger 80's NBA said...
1:50 mark of the video... another example of why Doug Collins is a wimp.

Anonymous Sturla said...
Well, enough of sadness. How about writing something about the poor ex-nba slobs who are going bankrupt left and right these days. You know, guys like Vin Baker, Latrell "I got kids to feed" Sprewell and Scottie Pippen (who is going broke because, among others, he bought a Private jet).

Read somewere that 60% of all ex-nba players go broke in 5 years after they retire.

Blogger Tonewise said...
Friend sent this to me today, I had never seen it and felt it had to be shared to those that would appreciate...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCDT7kY4tgU

how good is that, say wassup to stepladder for me~!

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I am the son of the late Bill Robinzine and that dunk in its day would have scared anyone whats the logic in standing under a shattrering backboard and a 300lb gorilla? Thanks for acknowledging him. Lil Z

Anonymous Anonymous said...
he was my uncle..and to be quite frank for him never even playing ball in high school and goin straight to a spot on DuPauls basketball team is good. Im proud of what he accomplished even though to others it wasnt alot.

Blogger triv said...
Personally, I think homophobia by his family is what killed him. His father was the one who made him play basketball because he was awkward, shy, and clumsy. Before basketball, he liked playing the trumpet. Likewise, his dad feared that he wasn't man enough or bad enough. I say this, Bill had a good career.

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