HoopsHype Shawn Kemp rumors

October 23, 2014 Updates

But I make no excuses. I posted my best personal numbers last season, and we still didn’t make the playoffs. Some of the backlash was pretty hard to take — I learned that there is apparently such a thing as an “empty stat” (I’ll try to remember the importance of that the next time I am boxing out for a rebound against Tim Duncan). In the end, I was given the opportunity to move on, and I took it. My decision was about wanting to win. When I think back to being a kid shooting on an eight-foot hoop in my Shawn Kemp jersey, I never dreamed about putting up a triple-double or signing a max contract. I dreamed about holding up a championship trophy. In order to get to that place, I knew that I needed to move on. The Players' Tribune

October 22, 2014 Updates

“J.Crossover”, A Jamal Crawford documentary: The Crossover King Is a True Role Model. We had the pleasure of spending our summer in Seattle with the LA Clippers’ Jamal Crawford as he hosted his annual Seattle Pro-Am league. For two months, we captured highlights and conducted interviews with Pro-Am players like Isaiah Thomas & Tony Wroten as well as Seattle basketball legends like Gary Payton and Brandon Roy who talked to us about Jamal and how committed he is to giving back to his community. We also talked to Jamal about his basketball journey that started at home with a yellow Dr J basketball to playing pick-up games with the original Lob City crew of Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp while Crawford was still in high school to the University of Michigan and then to the NBA where he has been breaking records and throwing lobs to Blake Griffin as part of the modern day Lob City. YouTube

July 21, 2014 Updates

Richard Sherman’s charity softball game, which drew over 22,000 spectators at SafeCo Field on Sunday. Participants in the game included Nate Robinson, Lawyer Milloy, Macklemore, Kobe Bryant, Shawn Kemp, Russell Wilson, and a bunch of Sherman’s other Seahawks teammates. Kobe homered and later claimed he hadn’t swung a bat in 20 years, which, more likely than not, was a blatant lie. Sherman also went deep, and that zany Russell Wilson tagged Kobe out at third base with the hidden ball trick. He knows what it takes to win. The Big Lead

March 5, 2014 Updates

Allen Iverson had a memorable career for many things on the court, but perhaps nothing defined his career off the court more than his rant about practice in 2002. 12 years later, he brought it back for a perfect performance in a Reebok commercial that premiered earlier this week. In the spot, Shaq and Shawn Kemp are in a barber shop talking about pants of the past and present when Iverson spins around in a chair. “Pants?” he asks, with the same incredulousness that he said “Practice?” in his original rant. “We talking about pants? Not the game but pants? How silly is that. Old man, take this cape off, I’m out of here. We talking about pants?” For The Win

September 8, 2013 Updates
July 31, 2013 Updates

What's one G-rated or PG-rated story about an athlete that you've heard but haven't had an opportunity to share? Shawn Kemp was late for a flight back in his Cleveland days, as he often was. He was beginning to run out of excuses. The one he gave the Cavs this time was, "My dog fell asleep in front of my car and I had to wait until he woke up." No shit. Poor Randy Wittman was the coach and he just took it. That's when we knew Randy was in big trouble. He was a rookie coach and Kemp worked him over. It actually said a lot about a bunch of things that were going on with the team at the time. Kemp was losing control of his life and Randy was overwhelmed. The best thing Jim Paxson did was find a way to hoist Kemp on Portland, which set it up for the Cavs to eventually get LeBron. Cleveland Scene

July 24, 2013 Updates

And yet, despite the failed attempt, Kemp hasn’t given up hope. We spoke with the six-time All-Star, who averaged 14.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game over the course of his 14-season career, for a feature in the upcoming issue of KICKS—which we’ll be able to tell you all about shortly—and he made clear he believes the city will be given a franchise soon enough. “I’m not going anywhere,” Kemp said. “We got a little bit of a delay with the votes that came back from the NBA, and we understood why. We understood Mr. Stern is going out of the office and he didn’t want to take the chance with anything negative happening with another NBA team, but we’re pretty confident here in Seattle that within the next two to three years we’re gonna have some basketball back this way.” SLAM

July 9, 2013 Updates
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Shawn Kemp said he thought the NBA used the weight of the Seattle group led by Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer to rally investors in Sacramento. "It seems like we were used a little bit as leverage here in Seattle," Kemp said, "and it feels that way, too." Seattle Times

April 11, 2013 Updates

The six-time NBA all-star and wife Marvena Kemp are bringing basketball back to Seattle after all, serving as the backbone of the ownership group behind the Seattle Flight, the International Basketball League's newest squad. The Flight will first play five games this coming season against some of the IBL's top contending teams. Only playing in a portion of contests through the upcoming season, such a trial run will help determine market visibility. The organization will subsequently be integrated as one of the IBL's full-time teams sometime within the next three years. Ridiculous Upside

June 15, 2012 Updates

Chris Hansen walked on stage and was greeted with the kind of reception normally reserved for the musicians and athletes who were waiting backstage. Hedge-fund managers don't normally get rock star ovations. "I was about to tear up actually. It was inspiring," Hansen said. While former SuperSonics stars Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp got the loudest ovations, it was Hansen left accepting the most praise at a rally in downtown Seattle on Thursday afternoon to support the push for a new arena that could eventually bring back the NBA. ESPN.com

Thursday afternoon's rally crammed green and gold clad fans into Occidental Park just a few blocks north of Seattle's stadium district where CenturyLink and Safeco fields currently sit. Hansen's proposal before the King County and Seattle city councils calls for a $490 million facility just south of the Mariners' Safeco Field with nearly $300 million in private investment. MSNBC.com

"You deserve everything that is going on right now and more," Payton told the crowd. "... I'm going to be with you all every step of the way." Jerseys from every generation of the Sonics past were on display as fans dug deep in their closets to pull out old uniforms with the names "Durant," "Payton," "Kemp," "Sikma," "Brown," even a Sarunas Marciulionis jersey from his one season with the Sonics in 1994-95. Businessmen in three-piece suits added green, white and gold Sonics headbands and wristbands and came from the downtown business district to join in the event. ESPN.com

June 14, 2012 Updates
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January 10, 2012 Updates

In the meantime, he and Kemp had reunited for workouts. “He’s got a lot of upside to his game,” Kemp said. “I’ve been barking at him for a while. I thought it was time to step up and show he could play a little better.” Hawes said it was more of a mutual decision to get together. “When I came into the league I had higher expectations than what I produced – especially last year, statistically, individually,” he said, adding that the summer afforded him the opportunity to “really reflect on it and say ‘OK, this year, something’s going to change, and I’ve got to start making myself head in the right direction.’ ” CSNPhilly.com

While he said his workouts with Kemp were “off and on” because of their conflicting schedules, they did things like run steps together at Lake Washington. There were also times when Hawes would head over to Oskar’s Kitchen, which is not far from where he grew up, just to pick Kemp’s brain. But mostly they played one-on-one. “Just getting dirty a little bit,” Kemp said. “Me and Spencer down in the post, beating each other up. A lot of elbows being thrown. A lot of real physical play.” “It was fun, definitely,” said Hawes, who at 7-1 and 245 pounds is more earthbound than Kemp. “I had to stop sometimes and catch myself: ‘Damn, I’m working out with Shawn Kemp.’” CSNPhilly.com

One of them, Shawn Jr., is now a scholarship player at the University of Washington – or U-Dub, as the locals call it. As for the elder Kemp, he settled back in Seattle in 2005. He’s married now. Owns a restaurant in town called Oskar’s Kitchen. Does a radio show on the local ESPN affiliate. Works out religiously; he has dropped some 55 pounds since his playing career ended in 2003 and now carries 256 on his 6-10 frame, virtually the same as in his heyday with the Sonics. And get this – SI is going to run another story about him in the near future. One that will show, he said, how he has gotten his life in order. “One big thing my mom told me was, ‘Whatever you do with yourself, don’t grow up to be an old fool,’ ” he said. “I’m glad the stuff I went through was years before and not years after.” CSNPhilly.com

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