Happy 43rd birthday to the great Shawn Kemp. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Shawn Kemp
Seattle forward Tom Chambers poses for a photo in the Sonics locker room in 1989. It’s a tough time for Seattle residents, who saw their beloved Supersonics relocate to Oklahoma City in 2008. Less than five years later, the franchise is in the NBA Finals. ( Brian Drake/NBAE via Getty Images)
Wes Unseld (43) guards Paul Silas during a 1978 Bullets-Sonics game. Silas was fired by Charlotte on Monday after coaching the Bobcats to the worst season in NBA history (7-59). (Peter Read Miller/SI)
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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.