Rooscooter wrote:The Sky Hook as Kareem is famous for was not used by anyone else that I know of......in any era. Lanier used a similar hook but the footwork was completely different. It's a difficult shot to master if you do not have huge hands from what Kareem has said. There aren't many centers with the coordination and athletic ability to use it actually. He routinely used to shoot it by elevating 3' off the floor. The game winner he made against Boston in the early 70's was on a full run from 18' out and 3' off the floor......
John3:16 wrote: And I'm with Barns, I think it's an easy shot to learn and be effective with. I'm 6'4, but in high school I was a lot shorter and was actually the shortest player on my teams up until 11th grade. I used the sky hook in practice a lot and it almost felt like I was cheating because it was so easy to get my shot off.
therealdeal wrote:It's not sexy. Screw that shot.
revgen wrote:Bynum said that he worked with Kareem on the skyhook, but it wasn't working for him. IIRC he said that a player has to have the right balance when executing the shot. If not, it's easy for the defender to push him offbalance and he'll miss the shot entirely. On top of that, Bynum had the big butt and wide shoulders to bump guys out of the way ala Shaq. He didn't absolutely need a skyhook to be a highly efficient postup player.
Personally, I think Pau could have used the Skyhook more than Bynum, since his body is more like Kareem's. Tall and lanky. Ditto with Kaman. It's these kind of guys that make me wonder why they shoot jumpers instead of using traditional hook shots. Shaq and Bynum have an excuse not to use a traditional hook. Pau and Kaman don't.
Barnstable wrote:John3:16 wrote: And I'm with Barns, I think it's an easy shot to learn and be effective with. I'm 6'4, but in high school I was a lot shorter and was actually the shortest player on my teams up until 11th grade. I used the sky hook in practice a lot and it almost felt like I was cheating because it was so easy to get my shot off.
I literally use to take and make Sky Hook 15 footers on out to the three point line a lot. I'd be playing 21 or something with friends and some random guys that joined in. A random guy guarding me at the top near the 3pt line. I dribble to the left towards the sideline/baseline, two steps for rhythm, take and make a 3pt bank Sky Hook. The guy guarding me twists his face up and says "Lucky shot" and my friends shake their head and say "no, he makes that a lot". I had the hook down, problem was I couldn't make a regular jump shot to save my life
ZenMaster4President wrote:Think a bit further.
Current generation of FO types that are, typically, older than current players, will "die out" and the current players and around-basketball people, those raised on dunks and flops, will take their place.
With time - noone in the FOs in the NBA will know anything about fundamentals, Duncan will become a distant memory, like Russel today. That, in turn, will make them choose players based on their beliefs on how the game should be played, so the players will invest even less in fundamentals and will dunk and shoot 3s even more.
In 50 years - it will look like slamball:
Grim future ahead.
jlkr wrote:Then at UCLA, the NCAA did not permit the dunk, that forced Kareem to keep practicing the hook, to refine it and to extend his range.
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