If there ever was the most unstoppable offensive move in basketball, it has to be the sky hook. And no one used it better than NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Abdul-Jabbar was a record 19-time NBA All-Star, a 15-time All-NBA selection, and an 11-time NBA All-Defensive Team member. In 1996, he was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Abdul-Jabbar played 1560 games in the NBA, averaging 24.6 ppg, 11.2 rpg in 36.8 mpg.
And yet, it is possible to block a sky hook, if a defender’s timing is right, as well as his jumping ability. One of those, who could do it, was another NBA legend, the late Wilt Chamberlain.
Even towards the end of his career, Chamberlain played against the younger Abdul-Jabbar, and defended him well, sometimes even blocking his signature sky hook. See how it happened here.
Of course, it was impossible to block every one of Kareem’s sky hooks, and below is the reason why. Watch Abdul-Jabbar flawlessly execute his offense against Celtics’ Dave Cowens:
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