Seattle SuperSonics legend Shawn Kemp was charged with first-degree assault in an alleged drive-by shooting in March.
Kemp allegedly fired a gun in a Tacoma shopping center parking lot after a confrontation between the occupants of two cars. Nobody was hurt.
He was released from a Washington jail the next day.
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Kemp says property was stolen from his car and he acted in self-defense, a source close to the former NBA star said. Kemp tracked his missing iPhone to the Tacoma Mall, and as he approached a vehicle, a suspect fired at him and he responded in self-defense, he says.
Kemp will plead not guilty, his attorney, Scott Boatman told ESPN.
Kemp, 53, spent eight seasons in Seattle, a franchise that moved to Oklahoma and became the Oklahoma City thunder.
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Seattle played against the one led by Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls in the 1996 NBA Finals and lost in six games.
Kemp retired after spending the 2002-03 season with the Orlando Magic.
He averaged 14.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game for his career after being the 17th overall pick in the 1989 NBA draft.
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After basketball, he went on to own a business. He opened two marijuana dispensaries in the Seattle area after the state legalized the sale of recreational weed.
Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.