Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Basketball Legend This Week at LiveAuctionTalk.com Rosemary McKittrick captures the feel of history at auction in her weekly LiveAuctionTalk.com columns. Visit her site. Sign up for a free weekly subscription.
News-Antique.com - Apr 21,2011 - If you needed a sky-hook at the buzzer basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was your man. It was his signature move and he used it to become the leading scorer in the NBA.
Kareem bent his entire body not just his arm as he raised the basketball high into the air in one sweet motion. Then he released the ball at the highest point of his arm's arching action.
It sailed through the air meticulously and dropped through the net like a stone in water. His sky-hook was almost impossible to block on the basketball court without goaltending.
Kareem was 7-feet-2 inches, 267 pounds with marathon arms. And he could shoot the sky-hook with either hand which made him all the more deadly.
He was the NCAA Basketball Tournament's Most Outstanding Player three times and won six NBA championships in his 20-year professional career. The last five championships happened when he played alongside Magic Johnson on the Los Angeles Lakers teams in the 1980s. He was inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984 and the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995.
On Dec 8, Grey Flannel Auctions, Westhampton, N.Y., offered a Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor) 1973-74 warm-up jacket for sale in its Holiday auction. The rare, red Milwaukee Bucks jacket, size 44, sold for $96,631.
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