Astonishing rumor. According to an official Italian Basketball site, Shawn Kemp is rumored to play in Italy next season. My Italian sucks, but basically it says that “The Reignman” is in touch with a first division Italian team. Kemp is said to serioulsy consider the offer.
If Kemp turns down the offer, Vin Baker or Christian Laettner would be an alternative. Looks like this team is fond of former NBA players… especially when they’re done!
Anyway, Kemp playing overseas would be surprising, ’cause he threw in the towel in ’03, after a stint with the Orlando Magic. It’s obvious he’s outta shape, and the guy is known to have several issues off the court (mainly bad stuff like drugs…). And last time I saw him, he was overweight! Over the years, maybe his life took a turn for the better but I highly doubt it.
Well, this Italian team should call up Gary Payton as well… I’m sure they would be sold out before the season kicks off!