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Happy 43rd birthday to the great Shawn Kemp. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of Shawn Kemp

Happy 43rd birthday to the great Shawn Kemp. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Shawn Kemp

Sonics legends Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp are honored in this painting by Mark Sgarbossa. An entire collection of NBA-inspired artwork is available at RareInk.com. (Courtesy of RareInk)

GALLERY: An Artistic Look at the NBA

Sonics legends Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp are honored in this painting by Mark Sgarbossa. An entire collection of NBA-inspired artwork is available at RareInk.com. (Courtesy of RareInk)
GALLERY: An Artistic Look at the NBA

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

Michael Jordan can do nothing but watch as Shawn Kemp flushes home a dunk during Game 3 of the 1996 NBA Finals between the Sonics and Bulls. Kemp made headlines today by saying that Clippers forward Blake Griffin isn’t as strong a dunker as Kemp was during his days on Seattle. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

TRACKING BLOG: Kemp proclaims himself a stronger dunker than Griffin
SI VAULT: Kemp has proved he’s more than just a dunker (2.19.96)

Michael Jordan can do nothing but watch as Shawn Kemp flushes home a dunk during Game 3 of the 1996 NBA Finals between the Sonics and Bulls. Kemp made headlines today by saying that Clippers forward Blake Griffin isn’t as strong a dunker as Kemp was during his days on Seattle. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)
TRACKING BLOG: Kemp proclaims himself a stronger dunker than GriffinSI VAULT: Kemp has proved he’s more than just a dunker (2.19.96)

Seattle forward Shawn Kemp attempts a dunk during the 1991 Slam Dunk Contest in Charlotte, NC. Kemp would finish second to Celtics guard Dee Brown. (Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

SI VAULT: Just an NBA babe, Shawn Kemp is a potential marquee man (11.27.89)

Seattle forward Shawn Kemp attempts a dunk during the  1991 Slam Dunk Contest in Charlotte, NC. Kemp would finish second to Celtics guard Dee Brown. (Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)
SI VAULT: Just an NBA babe, Shawn Kemp is a potential marquee man (11.27.89)

Seattle rookie Shawn Kemp goes airborne during the 1990 Slam Dunk Contest in Miami. Despite being one of the top dunkers of his time, the “Reign Man” never won any of the four Slam Dunk Contests he participated in.
(Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

SI VAULT: Kemp may be just 19, but he has potential to be a star (11.27.89)

Seattle rookie Shawn Kemp goes airborne during the 1990 Slam Dunk Contest in Miami. Despite being one of the top dunkers of his time, the “Reign Man” never won any of the four Slam Dunk Contests he participated in.(Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
SI VAULT: Kemp may be just 19, but he has potential to be a star (11.27.89)