I was checking in online last night when I came across a Tweet by Men's Health magazine. It was a link to an article they posted in their series The Best List. This particular list was The Top 10 Dunks of All Time.
To be honest, I had actually clicked on the link thinking it referenced the top 10 drunks of all time. Judge me but hey, I was curious.
Anyway, I was even more pleasantly surprised when presented with the video feeds for the Dunks in question, many of which I remember watching on television, as they took place. They certainly brought back some great memories.
However, as I watched one acrobatic dunk after another I was found myself getting more and more disappointed in the list. How could the guys at Men's Health create a list of best ever dunks and not include one from arguably the best ever at the art. I am referring to Shawn Kemp.
The Reign Man.
Kemp was a member of my now defunct hometown Sonics from 1989-1997 before being dealt to the Cleavland Cavaliers. During his run with the Sonics, he was a one man highlight reel. In fact he was known for his athleticism and acrobatic dunks, many of which could easily have been included on the Men's Health list.
But don't just take my word for it. Take a look at this dunk he does over the Warriors Alton Listor and then tell me it shouldn't at least knock off #7 on the Men's Health list.
Or if that one doesn't fancy you, go ahead pick one of the others showcased in this clip:
Great stuff, isn't it? Watching these old clips I find myself feeling a bit sad all over again about the fate of my hometown NBA franchise, and how I won't ever be able to take Lukas across town to see a game.
Granted, we do have a championship basketball team in town, and some pretty decent college teams too. But for me, there was a time when the Sonics were the best show in town.
And Shawn Kemp was The Reign Man.