- Feb 22, 2016
It could be.
I started getting serious in basketball during my stint in the army. The 1981 Lakers team was my first pro team of choice (bc of Jamal Wilkes, Michael Cooper, Magic Johnson, and Kareem) and the Lady Vols were my first college choice...bc of Pat Summitt.
It is not a difficult shot to teach and like the article I marvel at "why not"
It's avoided primarily because he shot it much different from the "accepted" George Mikan hook ... GM would use the full arcing swing of his arm in the hook shot in a 180 degree swing of the ball,,,where, Kareem would take the ball from his hip, shove as straight upward, lift his carry-knee and flick the ball with a "shooting a paperwad" release. No gooseneck whatsoever.
People are slow to accept differences and the shot is/was excused as a shot unique to Kareem.
I can teach it and have. I have studied the pre-footwork to set up the shot, the mechanics of the transition of the ball, the release point and the unique follow. I'd love to have a shot at teaching it to someone like TK