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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar may have been the best center to ever to lace up sneakers and play on an NBA court. He won a record six MVPs, as well as six NBA Championships. He is the NBA all-time scoring leader.
Simply put, his resume speaks for itself.
There is so much young players like Andrew Bogut could learn from a man like Kareem. Most recently, Abdul-Jabbar was a coach for the Los Angles Lakers, working with Andrew Bynum. Many people credit Abdul-Jabbar for the growth of Bynum as a solid big man in the NBA.
It would be interesting to see Abdul-Jabbar come full circle and return to the team that gave him his start, the Milwaukee Bucks. Bogut would benefit incredibly working with a legendary player like Kareem. He would be able to learn some of the basic fundamentals of the game that came so effortlessly for Kareem.
Bogut is already a great shot blocker, but there is room to improve his overall defensive game. Kareem, having been selected to the NBA All-Defensive team 11 times, could help Bogut to improve his foot work, leverage in the post and timing with help defense to help him reach elite status as a defensive player.
Has there ever been a shot more effective that the Abdul-Jabbar sky hook?
Many players have tried to duplicate this deadly shot, but no one was more effective than Kareem. When done correctly, the shot is nearly unstoppable. Bogut uses something similar to the sky hook in a running hook in the lane, but the results are mixed.
Abdul-Jabbar could teach Bogut the finer points of the sky hook and what makes it so effective. A big difference between the two players taking the shot is the release point. Abdul-Jabbar was able to release the ball with full extension at the apex of fully extended body. Bogut currently releases the ball much lower that his fully extended body can reach, making the shot easier to defend.
Even if the Bucks can not bring Abdul-Jabbar on as a coach, Bogut should seek him out during this down time for the NBA. Who knows when or if this years NBA season will start, so Bogut could be spending this time with a player like Kareem to take his game to the next level.