Shawn Kemp went from one of the most exciting and athletic players in the NBA, to one of the fattest and most depressing. After forcing a trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1997, after he could not get the Seattle Supersonics to sign him to an extension, Kemp’s career took a turn for the worst. His weight skyrocketed during the NBA’s 1998-1999 lockout. He went from weighing 230 pounds, to more than 260 pounds!
The Cavaliers, after handing Kemp a massive contract extension, even offered to “sweeten” the deal (no pun intended) by hiring a nutritionist and personal chef to help Kemp with his weight. However, former members of the organization stated Kemp simply lacked the discipline to get his weight under control. He only played one more season in Cleveland after that.