If you're a hoops fan who took to basketball in the 1990s, file this story in the growing archive "Reminders You're Slowly and Inexorably Marching Toward Demise."
That is to say, Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp watched their college-aged sons play basketball Thursday night, and the Space Jam generation felt old.
The former Seattle SuperSonics teammates joined each other at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle for a courtside viewing of the Oregon State-Washington game. Both had progeny playing in the game. Payton's son, Gary Payton II, is a junior guard for the Beavers. Kemp's son, Shawn Kemp Jr., is a senior forward for the Huskies.
Proving you can name your offspring after yourself and see similar results, both sons are more or less anatomical photocopies of their fathers. Payton II is 6'3", 175 pounds, and he is quick. Kemp Jr. is 6'9", 255 pounds, and he does this:
As for their fathers, Payton and Kemp did all the things good dads do while watching their kids play.
They watched attentively.
They complained about the officials.
Both walked the arena with supreme "silver-fox dad" swagger.
At the end of the day, they were adorable.
The sight of Payton and Kemp watching their kids play ball made all parties over the age of 20 feel like grabbing a bag of Werther's and talking about the times they walked uphill in snow.
Washington pulled out a 56-43 win over the Beavers but was powerless to keep Payton II off the highlight reel. SickSports.com spotted video from the game, in which Payton's son tallied four blocks and a poster dunk on the baseline in front of dad.
It's a strange sight seeing NBA Jam's most unstoppable duo sit courtside as their grown children play basketball, but, alas, we all must come to terms with time's cruel stride. At least we can look back fondly on the dunks that were.
Yep. Almost two decades later—still delicious.
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