NBA legend updates HK player on Sky Hook

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 June, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 03 June, 2005, 12:00am

Rising star Lau Chi-kin said NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's famous 'Sky Hook' is very useful when faced with bigger players on court.

The Sky Hook became Abdul-Jabbar's trademark while he was playing for the Los Angeles Lakers against the Utah Jazz on April 5, 1984.

He took a pass from Magic Johnson, whirled and launched the ball towards the hoop.

The shot put him ahead of Wilt Chamberlain as he became the NBA's all-time leading scorer with 31,420 points at the time.

At Western Market on Wednesday, Abdul-Jabbar gave Lau advice on how to polish the skill which he has been using in competitions.

'He told me to try my shot a little further away from the hoop so that the ball would fly on a parabola [curve],' said the 25-year-old South China forward.

'I learned it watching videos of Kareem's games.

'I've tried it in games and it worked, especially when I had to avoid a bigger opponent. You need to control the ball well, using your wrist and fingers.'

Abdul-Jabbar was born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr, but changed his name when he became a Muslim in 1971.

The 2.15-metre tall New Yorker achieved stunning results during his days in the NCAA - he was the most outstanding player from 1967-69.

He was drafted by NBA side Milwaukee Bucks during the 1969-70 season and became an instant star, placing second in the league in scoring (28.8 points per game) and third in rebounding (14.5 rebounds per game).

In 1975, he was traded to the Lakers, where he continued to excel.

He left the game in 1989 at the age of 42, as the NBA's all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points.

He also won six NBA championship rings, six Most Valuable Player titles and was selected as one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1996.

Besides basketball, Abdul-Jabbar is a big martial arts fan. He studied jeet kune do under Bruce Lee, and also starred in the kung fu legend's final movie, Game of Death.

Due to personal reasons, Abdul-Jabbar cancelled his visit to the adidas Originals shop yesterday. He flew home on Wednesday night.