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NBA Legend Shawn Kemp Arrested in Connection With Drive-By Shooting

by Nick Geddes
Shawn Kemp
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Former NBA All-Star Shawn Kemp was arrested Wednesday in connection with a drive-by shooting in Tacoma, Washington.

Per the Tacoma Police Department, an altercation broke out between the occupants of two cars near the Tacoma Mall at 1:58 p.m. Shots were fired, leading to one car fleeing the scene. A gun was recovered, though no injuries were reported. Kemp, 53, was booked in a Pierce County jail at 5:58 p.m. — roughly four hours after the incident.

An investigation is ongoing.

Kemp was previously arrested in 2005 and 2006 on drug-related incidents. He has since entered the cannabis space, opening a dispensary in 2020. Kemp opened his second cannabis shop last month in Seattle, branding itself for “cannabis connoisseurs and those new to the green scene.”

More background on Shawn Kemp’s NBA career

The 17th overall pick in the 1989 NBA Draft, Kemp spent 14 seasons in league, including eight with the Seattle SuperSonics. Kemp made six consecutive All-Star games from 1992-98, posting averages of 18.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. A three-time All-Pro, Kemp led the SuperSonics to an NBA Finals appearance in the 1995-96 season, when they fell to the Chicago Bulls in six games. In 79 games that year, Kemp averaged 19.6 points and a career-high 11.4 rebounds per game. Those numbers earned him his fourth All-Star Game appearance.

After the 1997 season, Kemp was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he played from 1998-2000. He was an All-Star in his first season with Cleveland when he averaged 18 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. That, however, wound up being his last. Following his time with Cleveland, Kemp played for the Portland Trail Blazers from 2000-02 and played his last year in the league with the Orlando Magic. He attempted to come back in 2005 and 2006, but missed workouts with interested teams.

Outsider’s Nick Schultz contributed to this article.