Nobody denies the "Reign Man" was one of the NBA's most popular players in the 1990s, but who knew he was a thespian.

Shawn Kemp tossed his hat into the acting ring over the weekend. The former Sonics star performed a scene from Shakespeare. The Seattle Times reports details of Kemp donning a green apron with his name and old Sonics number on the front during a fund-raiser for the Seattle Shakespeare Company.

By the way, in case you don't remember, Kemp helped lead the Sonics to the 1996 NBA Finals against Michael Jordan's 72-win Bulls team. Over the course of his 14 seasons in the association, Kemp played appeared in six All-Star games while also wearing the uniform of the Cavaliers, Trail Blazers and Orlando Magic.

The "Reign Man" performed a scene from Shakespeare's comedy "The Taming of the Shrew" which is believed to have been written between 1590 and 1591. Kemp's co-star during his acting debut was Seattle Times columnist Steve Kelley.

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