George Mikan popularized it in the 1950s. Wilt Chamberlain used it at will in the 1970s. Kareem Abdul-Jabaar perfected it in the 1980s. And now Pau Gasol is the latest Lakers big man to champion the hook shot.
The hook shot is all about finesse. Craft. Skill. Polish. Careers of various big men have been derailed because they lacked the proverbial touch needed to, among other things, consistently shoot a hook shot.
Two-time NBA Champion Pau Gasol certainly does not lack this skill. In fact, he's mastered it.
In this post, we'll explore the dynamic elements of Pau's hook shot as illustrated through videos and discuss why his hook shot is such a splendid part of his game.