Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Reignman Will Play Again

Shawn ‘The Reignman’ Kemp retired from NBA without a championship ring, only old memories and some highlight dunks during his heydays with the Seattle Supersonics and Cleveland Cavaliers. But he is not done from basketball, yet. In a surprising move, the former highflyer and fantastic fastbreak finisher will revive his basketball career somewhere else. If he can’t make it to the NBA’s Halls of Champions (though he is already a legend by any standards), he will try his luck in Italy.

The basketball franchise Premiata Montegranaro of the Italian Lega has succeeded in acquiring The Reignman’s services last week. For those who still relive the glory days of the NBA in the 1990s, surely Shawn Kemp’s name rings a lot of bells. His tandem with Gary ‘The Glove’ Payton was a pair every team envied. They locked horns with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in the 1992 NBA Finals (which Kemp and Co. lost). He was traded to Cleveland Cavaliers and slowly faded to oblivion.

For The Reignman’s fans, this is good news indeed, as he can again showcase his skills on the hardcourt. Along with Kemp, another hotshot who is preparing his road to the NBA will also play in the Italian Lega. Brandon Jennings is acquired by team Roma. Like Kemp, Jennings made a jump from high school to the pros.