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LeBron James celebrates his 28th birthday on Sunday. Will SI’s 2012 Sportsman of the Year bring another title to Miami in 2013? (AP)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of LeBron James

LeBron James celebrates his 28th birthday on Sunday. Will SI’s 2012 Sportsman of the Year bring another title to Miami in 2013? (AP)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of LeBron James

Cavaliers forward LeBron James dunks on Heat guard Damon Jones during a 2005 Miami-Cleveland game. James had possibly his best NBA performance last night, scoring 45 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in a must-win game against the Celtics. The two teams play on Saturday with a trip the the NBA Finals at stake. (Bob Rosato/SI) 

LOWE: LeBron’s 45 point-game doesn’t offset his poor performances
THOMSEN: Locked-in LeBron pours in 45 points as Heat beat Celtics

Cavaliers forward LeBron James dunks on Heat guard Damon Jones during a 2005 Miami-Cleveland game. James had possibly his best NBA performance last night, scoring 45 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in a must-win game against the Celtics. The two teams play on Saturday with a trip the the NBA Finals at stake. (Bob Rosato/SI) 
LOWE: LeBron’s 45 point-game doesn’t offset his poor performancesTHOMSEN: Locked-in LeBron pours in 45 points as Heat beat Celtics

On Sunday, former NBA star Shawn Kemp performed in the Seattle Shakespeare Company’s production of The Taming of the Shrew. We’re not sure if Kemp has a future on the stage, but his appearance in the Shakespeare classic inspired SI to dig into its archives for some rare photos of The Reign Man. 

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Shawn Kemp

On Sunday, former NBA star Shawn Kemp performed in the Seattle Shakespeare Company’s production of The Taming of the Shrew. We’re not sure if Kemp has a future on the stage, but his appearance in the Shakespeare classic inspired SI to dig into its archives for some rare photos of The Reign Man. 
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Shawn Kemp

Today marks the 23rd anniversary of Michael Jordan’s famous jumper over Craig Ehlo during the fifth game of the 1989 Eastern Conference First Round. “The Shot” is considered one of Jordan’s top clutch moments and the reaction of the announcers make it one of the most recognizable plays in NBA history. (Manny Millan/SI) 

SI VAULT: Michael Jordan performs wonderous deeds as Bulls beat Cavs (5.15.89)

Today marks the 23rd anniversary of Michael Jordan’s famous jumper over Craig Ehlo during the fifth game of the 1989 Eastern Conference First Round. “The Shot” is considered one of Jordan’s top clutch moments and the reaction of the announcers make it one of the most recognizable plays in NBA history. (Manny Millan/SI) 
SI VAULT: Michael Jordan performs wonderous deeds as Bulls beat Cavs (5.15.89)

Heat guard Dwyane Wade swoops in for a layup during Friday night’s game against the Cavs. The Heat won 111-87. (John Biever/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos Of Dwyane Wade

Heat guard Dwyane Wade swoops in for a layup during Friday night’s game against the Cavs. The Heat won 111-87. (John Biever/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos Of Dwyane Wade

Despite the optical illustion, Boston center Dave Cowens is not standing on the scorer’s table but rather jumping up and down in front of it, trying to block an inbounds pass during a 1976 Celtics-Cavs game. (AP)

SI VAULT: Cowens welcomes Dr. J as ABA merges with NBA (10.25.76)

Despite the optical illustion, Boston center Dave Cowens is not standing on the scorer’s table but rather jumping up and down in front of it, trying to block an inbounds pass during a 1976 Celtics-Cavs game. (AP)
SI VAULT: Cowens welcomes Dr. J as ABA merges with NBA (10.25.76)