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Frank Slade
09-18-2006, 12:48 PM

Troubled Kemp seeks Bulls' berth

By K.C. Johnson
Tribune staff reporter

September 17, 2006, 9:37 PM CDT

With most needs met, an open roster spot and two weeks until training camp begins, the Bulls have the luxury of working out a wide variety of players to see if something strikes their fancy.

But few could have imagined this: Shawn Kemp will visit the Berto Center this week.

Ten years and three months after facing Michael Jordan and Co. in their prime as a member of the SuperSonics during the 1996 NBA Finals, the six-time All-Star would seem to have little chance to snag the final spot.

Retired since playing 79 games with Orlando in the 2003-03 season, Kemp, 36, has a past that includes a stint in rehabilitation for cocaine abuse, two arrests for marijuana possession and weight problems.

The Bulls already have Malik Allen, who can step out and hit the midrange jumper. Kemp was known as a solid but never spectacular shooter during his 14-year NBA career.

But Kemp, whose association with coach Scott Skiles dates to their formative basketball years in Indiana in the late 1980s, has been on a mission to return to the NBA since 2005.

Claiming he now weighs 257 pounds, three pounds lighter than in his prime, Kemp was arrested for marijuana possession in July. He told Seattle reporters the drugs were old and he hadn't used drugs since 2004.

The court case is pending.

The Bulls also are expected to look at former Orlando center Andrew DeClercq.

Luke Schenscher, who averaged 1.8 points and 1.5 rebounds in 20 games with the Bulls last season, is the leading candidate to fill the final roster spot.


Chicago Tribune (http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/cs-060917bulls,1,4081926.story?coll=cs-bulls-headlines)

Skiles and Kemp reunited ?, I'm sure Grace is just thrilled :eyebrow:

09-18-2006, 12:51 PM
I'm not sure, when does a guy run out of 2nd chances?

09-18-2006, 01:20 PM
I can put up with Ben Wallace being a Bull but not that *removed* Kemp. :mad:

09-18-2006, 03:08 PM
Thats not the first time the words Kemp and Berth(or Birth) have been used in a sentance. As a matter of fact, its probably like the 100th time....

09-18-2006, 04:24 PM
Thats not the first time the words Kemp and Berth(or Birth) have been used in a sentance. As a matter of fact, its probably like the 100th time....

When I saw this article in the Tribune this morning I laughed at the choice of words. I don't think it was an accident. :lol:

Slick Pinkham
09-19-2006, 08:33 AM
He didn't show up.


No-show Kemp blows chance with Bulls

By K.C. Johnson
Tribune staff reporter

September 18, 2006, 9:37 PM CDT

Shawn Kemp's planned workout at the Berto Center never materialized Monday, and it's unlikely the six-time NBA All-Star will receive another invitation from the Bulls.

Kemp experienced travel problems late Sunday night but still arrived in Chicago early Monday morning. Instead of working out with the Bulls, he traveled to his hometown of Elkhart, Ind., to visit an ailing relative.


well maybe it's hard to be on time when you have to help get 17 kids on the school bus at the homes of 12 Moms.