Kemp, Seattleites Have 'Fingers Crossed'


SEATTLE — Back in the 1992 N.B.A. playoffs, poor Alton Lister stepped between Shawn Kemp and the basket, back when Kemp sprinted and jumped as if from another planet, back when he and the SuperSonics made the spectacular routine. Kemp approached, elevated and jammed home a signature dunk for Seattle sports.

The thunder before the Thunder, as it were.


If you grew up around Seattle, if you owned a Dana Barros jersey, if you knew your Silent Assassin (Dale Ellis) from your X-Man (Xavier McDaniel), your Toms (Chambers), Dicks (Drive-In) and Lennys (Wilkens), you remember that dunk. It helped define an era when anything seemed possible, an era of Nirvana and Pearl Jam, of Microsoft and Starbucks, of Kemp and Gary Payton. You probably even remember Lister, a...

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