Coleman was one of the most talented big men to ever come into the league, but his career is most remembered for how he was never quite able to live up to sizable expectations. During a feud with Karl Malone in which Coleman referred to the Hall of Famer as
an “Uncle Tom,” Malone responded by saying that DC could easily be one of the greatest power forwards to play the game if he could just get out of his own way.
Instead, Coleman clashed with coaches and teammates in New Jersey, Charlotte, Detroit and during two separate stints in Philadelphia. Though Coleman averaged 16.5 points and 9.3 rebounds over 15 NBA seasons, he only managed one All-Star appearance and is remembered mostly for being a surly underachiever with a knack for getting his coaches fired and for showing up to training camp while carrying more than a few extra pounds.