Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was a revolutionary player just like many players of today. Most would agree that the league is a completely different place with a fast paced playing style and high value in scoring the ball. Stylistically, the way the game is being played has been criticised for being one-dimensional to an extend.
Players like four-time champion Stephen Curry is a prime example given how he normalised shooting more three-pointers. Another example would be Kevin Durant, who excessively contributes on the offensive end of the court, especially scoring. The league was never like this 30-35 years ago.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar dominates the NBA with his unstoppable skyhook
The former Los Angeles Lakers superstar introduced a very iconic move that helped him dominate offensive with ease. The move was called the “skyhook” and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the only one to master the technique with a smooth flow. The hook allowed him to hover over defender and consistency score the basket.
Kareem became the all-time leading scorer solely because of a move like this and this also consequently won him MVPs. The showtime Lakers almost revamped the league and brought in crowds like never before. Abdul-Jabber alongside the greatest point guard all-time Magic Johnson were an unstoppable force.
Kareem Adbul-Jabbar says nobody will master the skyhook but will need lessons for it today
Several legends of the game have complained of how predictable the league has become. This is why comparing eras and the GOAT debate can never be settled. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar commented of thus matter saying that today’s player will need lessons to master the skyhook movr rather than it being a basic technique.
However effective his move was, players of today barely make use of it. Here is what the legend had to say about it. “The reason that young kids today learn how to shoot hook shots is because everybody is so enamored with the 3-point shot.So the kids don’t want two points. They don’t want to work with their back to the basket. That’s not cool. They want to go out there in the stratosphere and shoot 3-pointers.”