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Thursday, May 16th, 2013 at 11:10 am  |  22 responses

Brittney Griner Worked on Her Skyhook With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


She may never make it to the NBA, but training with one of the League’s greatest players is not a bad consolation prize. Brittney Griner learned the art of the hook from the master, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Per the AP: “After getting a crash course in professional basketball from some of the WNBA’s best players over the past week, Griner was given the lesson of a lifetime on Wednesday with a one-on-one session on the skyhook with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. One of the NBA’s greatest players teaching the nuances of perhaps the most unstoppable move in any sport? Yeah, that’s pretty cool. ‘I went to legend school today and it was awesome,’ Griner said at the Phoenix Mercury’s practice court inside the US Airways Center. Griner had gone through a rapid learning curve during her first week of training camp, getting a firsthand look at how physical the WNBA really is while being taught things like the pick-and-roll and how to avoid being called for illegal defense. The intensity ratcheted up when Diana Taurasi, Penny Taylor, DeWanna Bonner and Candice Dupree, some of the best players in the WNBA, joined the team after playing overseas. Wednesday’s session was something different entirely. [...] ‘I was star struck right there,’ Griner said. ‘You know it when I don’t talk; I like to talk and you know I’m star struck when I’m just listening. I hit you with the yes sir, yes ma’am, I’m definitely star struck.’ The tutorial was put together by Mercury Vice President Ann Meyers Drysdale, who asked the NBA office to see if Abdul-Jabbar would be available to address the team and work with Griner. He accepted and spent Wednesday’s practice watching from a perch above the court with his oversized feet — though a size smaller than Griner’s men’s 17 — poking through the rail. Once practice ended, Abdul-Jabbar walked down to the floor and addressed the team before taking questions from the players and coaches. After a group photo, he peeled off his sweat jacket, took off his blue UCLA hat and met Griner under one of the baskets. [...] ‘She’s a very talented athlete,’ Abdul-Jabbar said. ‘She’s not just tall, she has some skills. She runs the court very well, she’s active. I think she’s going to have a great career.’”

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  • pposse

    If Britany Griner wants to work on her game with Hakeem Olajuwon, do yall think he would charge her a discounted rate?

  • The Philosopher

    Barring injury, she will go down as the greatest female to ever do this.

  • MUBWAR

    i wonder why no nba player called the greatest scorer in NBA history? i guess fundamentals aren’t a necessity anymore. Good for britney

  • The Philosopher

    Because, Kareem is known to be an ass.

  • MUBWAR

    and does that change the fact that he scored 38000 points with one move? the game isn’t all about explosiveness and athletic ability

  • The Philosopher

    Respect.

  • bike

    Kareem warned her that no matter how good she gets at this, she cannot call it the Skyhook. Highhook, Flyhook, Eyehook, whatever, she absolutely cannot use the term Skyhook.

  • MUBWAR

    y?

  • bike

    Because the greatest of the great don’t just have a style. They have a signature, an
    indelible stamp that signifies exactly who they are.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    hes maybe a sexest

  • The Mauve Avenger

    Completely agree. Her future Olympic play, Baylor seasons, and career in the WNBA will put her on the Mt Rushmore of female athletes when all is said and done.

  • The Mauve Avenger

    sexest.. sexist or sexiest?

  • LP @ThisisEther

    wonder why nobody made a big fuss about her coming out as lesbian….

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    all 3

  • rkirby

    Joakim Noah, Roy Hibbert, Andrew Bynum all worked with Kareem and made noticable strides offensively after doing so. If I were a big man, that’s who I would call.

  • MUBWAR

    looool my thought at first

  • Mariano

    I know Roy Hibbert worked with Tim Duncan but I never heard of him working with Kareem

  • Mars

    Like she needs more weapons. Good for her though. Like, they are really trying to get her to the NBA. I’d take her over Bynum.

  • Mars

    Chris Copeland can already shoot threes, so all he needs to add to his arsenal is the skyhook.

  • Ugh

    “Hi Kareem, can I practice my skyhook with you?”
    “No. I need to be respected for my contributions to the game.”
    “Umm… Hakeem?”
    “No problem.”

  • Ugh

    She should be fine now Wilt is making sweet love to the ladies in basketball heaven.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwHP04TWOps

  • http://www.facebook.com/starkpwnsyou Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    Damn, this woman is really dedicated. I would not want to play against her.

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