Welcome to Saving the Skyhook, my new blog about all the important news in the NBA.

What you’ll find here

Ideally, I’ll be posting my thoughts on the biggest issues the league’s facing on a daily basis. In many cases, I’ll be posting multiple times every day. Owing to my busy college schedule, weekday posts will typically be shorter reactions to the bigger headlines in the NBA for the day, while weekend posts will typically be lengthier features — analyses, predictions, rants, etc. — in response to the week that was. Once I really get going, I’ll start to implement some daily and weekly theme posts (similar to SportsCenter’s Top 10, for instance).

What’s with the name?

I’ve always loved the skyhook. In fact, when I step out on the court it’s my go-to scoring move, and I’m a 5’9″ white guy. Seriously, though, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the master of one of the most deadly offensive weapons in the league, and it’s one of the main reasons he’s the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. For some reason, though, no one uses it anymore. Players rely too much on physicality in the current game, abandoning the finesse of previous decades. Obviously there’s something great about watching Dwight Howard throw down a two-handed slam in the face of his defender, but he could improve his game and his reputation so much by consistently hitting the 10- to 15-foot skyhook. Well, it would make him pretty much unstoppable. So I’d love to see this shot make a resurgence into the NBA game, but I doubt it will ever happen. Maybe players feel emasculated by it — like how Shaq continually denies Rick Barry’s offers to teach him to shoot free throws underhand. Nevertheless, I’d put my style to the side to feature an indefensible shot. That’s just my two cents.

Questions? Comments? Suggestions?

Feel free to e-mail me at [email protected] with any comments, suggestions or recommendations you might have, whether they be for links to include on the page, topics you’d like to see me write about, or a specific type of feature you’d like to see. I’m always open to your ideas. Thanks, and look out for my first true NBA-related posts in the coming days.

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