Thursday, August 21, 2008

Return Of Shawn Kemp

During his career with Seattle and Cleveland, Kemp averaged 16.9 points and 9.5 rebounds a game. He is remembered more for his incredible leaping ability rather than his 17 and 10 a game. I like to think of him as the original Dwight Howard. After a three year stop at Cleveland, his career fell far. He no longer had the high leaping ability and had problems keeping his weight down. His career on the court is often overshadowed by his life off of it. He's been arrested a couple of times for drug possesion and is the father of at least 7 children. (which means he has more that he does and doesn't know about) All these children might be the reason why he has signed a contract with the Premiata Montegranaro of the Italian League. Either he needs the money, or maybe he just misses playing. At 39 years old, it's hard to imagine that he is in good shape and still has amazing ability. His last year in the NBA was 02-03 and he averaged 6.8 points and 5.7 rebounds a game. Fast forward to 5 years later, i'd say those numbers can only go down. No matter how much i think he will fall on his face while attempting this comeback, i can't wait to see it. He was so much fun to watch everytime he stepped on a court. He had this tenacity about him that no other player had. He lacked so much skill from not going to college or developing his game, but his ability will WOW you. Once the season starts in Italy, i will be on youtube everyday to get a glimpse of Shawn Kemp playing basketball again. Never thought i'd say that.

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