Hour-Long Roundtable Discussion Looks Back at Classic Signature Moves Including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Skyhook, Hakeem Olajuwon’s Dream Shake,
Allen Iverson’s Crossover & the Moves by Current NBA Stars Stephen Curry, James Harden and Kyrie Irving
NBA TV’s critically acclaimed Open Court returns with an all-new episode Tuesday, June 2, at 11 p.m. ET with a roundtable discussion focused on signature moves of NBA players past and present. The “Signature Moves” show features a cast of NBA greats discussing their favorite and most-feared signature moves while reminiscing about what it was like to face some of the league’s all-time greats. The group will also look ahead to the impact the moves of current NBA stars such as Stephen Curry, James Harden and Kyrie Irving and the impact they will have on the next generation.
Open Court’s “Signature Moves” episode is hosted by Matt Winer with Hall of Famers Dominique Wilkins and Isiah Thomas, seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill, five-time NBA All-Star Chris Webber and NBA Champion Steve Smith.
Excerpts from the “Signature Moves” episode of Open Court:
Grant Hill on NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s signature skyhook: “Unbelievable. You can’t guard it. The thing about Kareem, if you look back at some of those games and iconic moments where he hit those shots, he was hitting deep ones. You know it’s coming. You know what he’s going to do. I don’t know if there is ever a play or a shot in the history of the game that scored as many points and you couldn’t guard it as the skyhook. I’m surprised more big guys don’t try to work on that shot. I know it takes a lot of finesse and a lot of touch, but I’m even thinking why didn’t I try to work on it? That shot right there was unbelievable to defend.”
Dominique Wilkins on the footwork of Hall of Famers Kevin McHale and Hakeem Olajuwon: “They are the two best. I played against both of those guys. It got to a point where we were calling Kevin McHale ‘The Man of a Thousand Moves.’ You could not guard him one-on-one on the box. He had such great footwork. He did a great job of feeling the contact. Once he felt you, you were done. Same thing with Hakeem Olajuwon. Not only was he a very agile guy, but he was super strong around the basket. He had an unbelievable feel for the game.”
Hill on Rockets All-Star James Harden: “He has a lot of moves, but when he gets into the paint he brings his arms through, a lot like how Sam Perkins used to do in the post and Stacey Augmon. He extends his arm as he is going down the lane and goes into your arms as he is going to the basket. One of the best at drawing fouls and creating contact as an offensive player.”
Isiah Thomas on 11-Time NBA All-Star Allen Iverson’s crossover: “There are two different kinds of crossovers. I was always taught you play inside the box, so you can get right to your shot. Then Allen Iverson came in with a shot that was outside of the box. His crossover was out here, he would shake with it and then bring it back. When he added the shake to it, I’m glad it was on Michael Jordan and it wasn’t on me.”
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