Shawn Kemp’s 46th birthday did not go unnoticed by the NBA. The league took to its official Instagram account to post a tribute wishing the former professional basketball player a happy birthday on Thursday, Nov. 26.
Included in the post are the words “happy birthday,” which are in all capital letters above a photo of Kemp’s head. The caption that accompanies the photo reads as follows:
Happy 46th Reign Man! #NBABDay
The tribute received more than 132,000 likes on Instagram within the first 24 hours of being posted. View it here.
Kemp’s playing career lasted for 14 seasons. During those years, he was listed as a 6-foot-10, 230-pound power forward, according to Basketball-Reference.com. Although he played for numerous NBA franchises before retiring, his career is highlighted by the time he spent with the Seattle SuperSonics.
Kemp spent his first eight NBA seasons as a player for the SuperSonics. During his seventh season in Seattle, the SuperSonics went all the way to the NBA Finals; there they would fall in six games to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. It was during his years in Seattle that he also garnered the nickname “Reign Man.”
Kemp was one of the most explosive dunkers the league had ever seen. Alongside Hall of Famer Gary Payton’s defensive prowess, Kemp’s athleticism led the SuperSonics to popularity and prominence in the 1990s. Kemp is also a six-time NBA All-Star selection, five of which came during his time in Seattle.
The SuperSonics are now the Oklahoma City Thunder. So far, the Thunder have a record of 11-6 in the 2015-16 NBA season.
OKC beat the Detroit Pistons 103-87 at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Friday. The Thunder will take on the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on Monday; tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST.
Shawn Travis Kemp was born on Nov. 26, 1969 in Elkhart, Ind. He attended Trinity Valley Community College before turning pro. He was drafted by the SuperSonics in the first round of the 1989 NBA Draft. He also played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers and Orlando Magic.