It felt odd to see Shawn Kemp in a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey.
Yes, Kemp also had stints with the Portland Trail Blazers and the Orlando Magic before injuries as well as weight issues led to his retirement… but the dude is kind of like a 90s icon.
You can’t talk about the 90s without talking about The Reign Man’s stint with the Seattle Supersonics. While yeah, I am a fan of the old Chicago Bulls starting five that had Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Ron Harper, and Luc Longley (I wanted to add Toni Kukoc’s name sooooo bad) and the Orlando Magic squad composed of Shaquille O’Neal, Penny Hardaway, Horace Grant, Nick Anderson, and Dennis Scott.
But what about the old Seattle five with Shawn Kemp, Gary Payton, Detlef Schrempf, Hersey Hawkins, and Sam Perkins?
It just sucks that Kemp had to leave the Sonics. Kemp deserved a big-time, multi-year contract more than the 33.7 million-deal Jim McIlvaine got. While yeah, I had a McIlvaine rookie card that could have been good if he became an all-star but the problem is… he did not.
Kemp with weight issues doubled the scoring and rebounding output of McIlvaine in his prime.
So yeah, maybe Seattle lost its franchise because of the stupid thing they did to Shawn Kemp.
Kemp is not that high on my top NBA players list but I guess he’s in my Top 100. Coming from high school, he went straight to the NBA and proved all naysayers wrong. The NBA could have made one of his three All-NBA Second Teams into a First Team and people wouldn’t hate on him. He should have at least won one dunk contest.
He deserves a spot in the Naismith Hall of Fame.
Kemp may have been a victim of Michael Jordan’s championship drives but I guess he could settle with the fact that he is a three-time All-NBA Second Team, one-time Western Conference champion, and for ten consecutive seasons, Kemp managed to score 15 points and eight rebounds. Kemp looks ferocious unleashing his thunderous jams and in some ways, I kind of pity the current basketball fans for missing out on his awesomeness.
Blake Griffin kind of dunks like Shawn Kemp...
They are so high...