Posted November 27, 2012

In Focus: Shawn Kemp

In Focus

Shawn Kemp at the 1991 Slam Dunk Contest. (John Biever/SI)

By Andy Gray

On Monday, Shawn Kemp celebrated his 43rd birthday. In honor of this important event, here’s a look at Kemp’s career — from the high-flying days in Seattle to his slightly overweight tenure in Orlando.

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Shawn Kemp

The “Reign Man” in the rain. (Ronald C. Modra/SI)

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Kemp (right) and Gary Payton defend Charles Barkley during a 1993 Sonics-Suns game. (John W. McDonough/SI)

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Vincent Askew (from left to right), Kendall Gill, Gary Payton and Kemp wait at the scorer’s table during a 1994 game. (John W. McDonough/SI)

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Kemp takes a quick rest during a 1998 Cavs-Pacers game. (AP)

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Dale Davis (left) and Kemp talk during Blazers Media Day in 2000. (AP/Don Ryan)

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Kemp talks to Grant Hill (left) and Tracy McGrady during a 2002 Magic-Lakers game. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)

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1 comments
TroyChupp
TroyChupp

Talk about the shortest 'prime' in the history of basketball...1, or 2 yrs???  man what a tragedy, LOVE this phenom!!!