Shawn Kemp Speaker Profile
Six-Time NBA All-Star
Shawn Kemp Biography
Shawn Kemp was born November 26, 1969, in Elkhart, Indiana and is a professional basketball player, formerly in the National Basketball Association.
The Seattle SuperSonics drafted Kemp in the first round of the 1989 NBA Draft and he quickly became a force to be reckoned with. Kemp was one of the NBA's premier high flyers with outstanding leaping abilities. At the time, he was the youngest player in the NBA. Half-court lob passes from Gary Payton to Kemp became a regular sight. Together with Payton, Detlef Schrempf, Sam Perkins and Hersey Hawkins, they became a highly successful squad. After Kemp's second NBA season, he picked up the nickname "Reign Man" after Sonics announcer Kevin Calabro saw a poster with the name and found it fitting to add to his radio broadcasts. Conflicting accounts attribute this to his love of the Seattle weather as a rookie, as well as his appreciation of the Dustin Hoffman movie Rain Man.
He played for the US national team in the 1994 FIBA World Championship in Toronto, winning the gold medal.
Kemp's career peaked in 1995-96, when he led the Sonics to a franchise-record 64 wins and their first NBA Finals appearance since 1979. They faced Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, who were coming off an NBA record 72 wins. The Sonics managed to push the heavily-favored Bulls to six games before losing.
Kemp, having signed a long-term contract before the rapid increase in NBA salaries, was earning substantially less than most players of his repute. He was outraged when Sonics management denied Kemp's request for a raise, while offering Jim McIlvaine, a five-year, $35 million contract. Kemp threatened to refuse to play in the upcoming season, and the resulting tension with management eventually led to a blockbuster three-team trade following the 1996-1997 season that sent Kemp to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks forward Vin Baker to the Sonics, and Terrell Brandon and Tyrone Hill from the Cavaliers to the Bucks.
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Posted on 4 March 2016 | 7:34 pm
In Seattle, everyone has a sasquatch story. So, to promote it's new routes to and from Seattle, Spirit Airlines sent a giant yellow SaveSquatch to roam the streets of the city snapping photos and high-fiving mystified residents. Then the man behind the mask was revealed: Seattle basketball legend Shawn Kemp. Most known for his dunking skills, Shawn played in the National Basketball...[Read More]
Posted on 18 December 2014 | 6:55 pm
Former NBA great Shawn Kemp will be joined by an impressive lineup of sports celebrities at the 2014 Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular - Chicago on November 22, 2014. During his appearance Kemp will take the time to sign autographs, chat it up, and pose for pictures with fans and collectors at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. The Seattle SuperSonics...[Read More]
Posted on 6 January 2014 | 1:42 pm
Former NBA star Shawn Kemp will be hosting a basketball camp for second through eighth grade boys and girls from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 11, at Concord High School’s McCuen Gym. The cost for the basketball camp is $20 per player and parents may pay $5 to watch the camp from the balcony. The Seattle SuperSonics drafted Kemp in the first round of the 1989 NBA Draft. He...[Read More]
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