Today’s #TBT sports blog focuses on the NBA’s greatest scorer of all time who never needed all three of his names to be identified.
In addition to requiring only one name to be identified, Kareem also birthed a famous basketball nickname by perfecting an unstoppable shot. When he received the basketball in the post, he effortlessly released the ball high over helpless defenders who appeared glued to the hardwood, unable to block his shot attempt.
The nickname was first associated with this 1969 number one NBA overall draft choice during his rookie season by Milwaukee Bucks announcer Eddie Doucette.
Kareem easily finds his way into my sports comic book on Amazon titled Favorite Single Named Athletes.
In his 20-year NBA career, Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s fluid hook shot enabled him to score more points (38,387) than any other player in league history. ESPN boldly called the Sky Hook the deadliest shot the NBA has ever seen. Jabbar could unleash his un-guardable shot whenever, wherever, however and on whomever on basketball courts across America.
Surprisingly, Kareem developed the move as a fifth grader on the New York City playgrounds. Years later, Jabbar would joke that the Sky Hook was the only shot he could use that didn’t get smashed back in his face.
Kareem retired in 1989. He still holds NBA records for most points, field goal attempts, field goals made, all-star appearances and all-star games played.
A three-time NCAA Champion at UCLA, six-time NBA Champion and six-time NBA Most Valuable Player, Kareem Abdul Jabbar proves that when you perfect a skill – or in his case a shot – then whatever you do in life, the sky is truly the limit!
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