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"He'd be giving it to you" - Isiah Thomas gave a reality check to Shaquille O'Neal regarding Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
2024/04/02

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Only a few players could stop Shaquille O'Neal. That's why it's no surprise that Big Diesel is confident he can be dominant no matter who's on the other side of the court. However, according to Isiah Thomas, O'Neal took his boasting too far when he said he could keep up with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and even block his signature shot.

"I could have blocked that Skyhook, I could've gotten him a couple of times," Shaq said on Open Court. "When Kareem was like 22, 25, 27, The stuff he was doing in this league, he'd be giving it to you," Zeke responded.

Kareem's iconic Skyhook

At 7'2", Kareem was already one of the most physically imposing players in the NBA. Despite that, there were still some defenders who could bother him, which led to Jabbar developing the most unguardable shot ever, the Skyhook.

Despite its dominance, no one uses Kareem's signature shot in today's NBA. The Lakers legend is baffled by that, especially since he considers the Skyhook an easy move to perfect.

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"I don't know; it's not a hard shot to learn. You can do the George Mikan Drill and that will give you all the fundamentals, give you the footwork. How to use either hand and how to use the backboard. It teaches you everything about using that shot. It's a great drill, but there's not too many guys that are using it and they don't try to get the shots off in a game. So, it's kind of gone out of style and out of the game," Kareem said onThe Byron Scott Podcast.

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