November 28, 2011 BY John Kim / 24
Shawn Kemp’s 1990’s reign as the premier above-the-rim forward in the league is one of the most remembered NBA tenures in the game’s history. He threw down with complete disregard for human life (just ask the Golden State Warriors), made hanging on the rim an artform, and even helped the Seattle Sonics reach the NBA Finals in 1996, beating the 72-10 Chicago Bulls twice during that series. His departure from Seattle marked the end of the Reign Man, who brought with him quite a few extra pounds and thusly a decreased vertical leap, and faded away as the butt of numerous jokes – only to return in tip-top shape in his comeback attempts in the mid-late 2000’s. During Kemp’s reign of terror, he sported one of most memorable line of signature basketball shoes with Reebok while wearing Nike before and after that time, so check out a quick helping of some of his best sneaker moments below and head to Complex for the full feature.
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