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Phil Jackson Answers Why Bynum Doesn’t Shoot The “Sky Hook”

Posted in Uncategorized by ayb984 on January 7, 2009

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In an interview on January 6th on AM 570 KLAC, the guys asked Phil why Bynum doesn’t learn the “Sky Hook” even though he has been working with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for 3 years now.  The simple answer that Phil gave was the fact that Bynum just can’t.  Phil says:

“It’s really a specialty shot.  It’s a step shot in our league.  You take off of one foot and in our league there’s so much body contact that if you don’t have that base, and it’s hard to get a base off a one-foot step, you can’t shoot that shot with a lot of accuracy.  And we really worked with Andrew on this both left and right and yet that first step usually puts him off balance and if he gets nudged then he doesn’t have the kind of base that you have to have… but yea he does work on it, but it’s not natural for him.”

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  1. mike said, on January 8, 2009 at 9:24 am

    the game has simply changed since KAJ was dominant with the sky hook. There’s way more contact in the low post. Yes, the shot is unblockable. But only if you can get it off. It’s not easy to do when the low block has basically become a wrestling ring. For better or for worse, this is the NBA now. I doubt Kareem could use the sky hook in today’s game either.

  2. ayb984 said, on January 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    oh wowww ok so its not bynum its the league itself that doesn’t let him do that. man if bynum can learn gasol’s skill set like the baby hook he’ll be unstoppable.


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