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Shawn Kemp
Shawn Kemp
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Born: 11/26/69
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:280 lbs. / 127 kg.
This came from a man with Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp on his Finals roster. For what it’s worth, the Sonics averaged 104.5 points per game that season but were held to an average of 89.2 throughout the six game slugfest. The final score of the Bulls’ Game 6 clincher was 87-75. “And Golden State I think is a good defensive basketball team, but their ability to explode is just … I think I’ve used the term videogame,” Karl said, citing Steph Curry’s remarkable three-point range as evidence.
The Gasman spotlights the Golden State series’ pivotal moment with lucid detail. He points to a monstrous alley-oop dunk from Payton to Kemp to crack a 124-124 tie in the third game of the series and crack the sound barrier inside the Coliseum. Gastineau reminisces about one of the iconic moments in Seattle sports history. “It was a big lob from Payton to Kemp for just an unbelievable dunk. And it was a remarkable call from [Sonics Radio/TV broadcaster, Kevin] Calabro, and the next two days you couldn’t turn our station on without hearing it.” Calabro’s call reciprocated the energy in the Coliseum that night with a passionate crescendo as Kemp buried the ball through the hoop. “Up to Gary Payton, a lead pass to Kemp and he’ll slam it down! What a lob! Wow! Gary Payton with a lob ahead to Kemp! He went airborne and defied gravity! What a play! The Reignman has struck!”
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Seattle in the early 90’s was a three-sport city, but after the Sonics fired head coach KC Jones halfway through the 91’-92’ season, the team hired a coach who would become an icon a decade later. George Karl came from Spain to replace Jones and the Sonics soon became the main event in town once again. Before the coaching change, Seattle’s enigmatic young stars, Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp, were under fire and fans squawked for the pair to be traded. But where fans saw trouble, Karl saw potential for greatness. “Karl lit a box of dynamite under this city,” says Gastineau.