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Shawn Kemp agrees to play basketball in Italy
« on: August 18, 2008, 03:03:26 PM »

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from ESPN.com

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If more current players flee the NBA for Europe, they will see a familiar face.

The Italian team Premiata Montegranaro announced on Sunday that 38-year-old Shawn Kemp has agreed to play for the team starting in November.


"I am happy that a player that has made basketball history would come to Montegranaro," coach Alessandro Finelli said.

Finelli believed that the six-time NBA All-Star, who last played in the NBA in 2002-03, could still contribute.

"He is very motivated," Finelli said. "And he has been staying in shape to show up at our camp in good shape."

Kemp averaged 14.6 points and 8.4 rebounds over 14 NBA seasons. He played eight years with Seattle, three with Cleveland, two with Portland and finished with one season in Orlando.

Finelli did not know, however, if Kemp would be the key to the season for the Premiata, which plays in the top division of Italian basketball.

"We will discover with work in the gym if he will be a key player for our team," Finelli said. "Now, it's too soon to say that."

Kemp has flirted with attempting a comeback in the NBA many times since his last season in the league, working out for a number of teams but not sticking with any of them.

Well if that's not a publicity stunt i don't know what is...

What could Sean Kemp possibly offer at age 38? the man's greatest asset as an NBA player was his freakish athleticism -What could possibly be left of that?

I'm not sure we'll be seeing the rain-man reincarnate.

Anyone got ideas for his new Euro nickname? I'm thinking "the light mist-man" or "the sun-shower."
« Last Edit: August 18, 2008, 04:15:48 PM by jgod213 »

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Re: Sean Kemp agrees to play basketball in Italy
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2008, 04:03:53 PM »

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i am thinking about spelling his name right. Shawn not Sean

Re: Sean Kemp agrees to play basketball in Italy
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isn't rodman playing overseas right now too? 


Re: Sean Kemp agrees to play basketball in Italy
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2008, 04:16:57 PM »

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i am thinking about spelling his name right. Shawn not Sean

woopsies.

Here's a TP despite your cheeky response.

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Re: Shawn Kemp agrees to play basketball in Italy
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Something tells me, unlike the other free agents headed to Europe, David Stern isn't losing any sleep over this one.

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Well if that's not a publicity stunt i don't know what is...

So what if it is?

If the Italian team can make some money from the publicity great for them.
Good luck to him.