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