If you think about the best centers in NBA history, Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s and Shaquille O’Neal’s name might cross your mind in those discussions. Jabbar is the league’s All-Time leading scorer, while Shaq is probably one of the most dominant forces ever seen on the basketball hardwood.
They both played in totally different eras, and when you analyze their game, you realize they were completely different players even though they played the center position. Shaq was an absolute force of nature who outpowered his opponents with the incredible combination of strength and quickness. Kareem, on the other hand, mastered the basketball fundamentals to it’s purest form and had the impeccable technique in the low post. The “Sky Hook” as it’s popularly known, is still one of the most unguardable shots in NBA history.
In a recent interview, Kareem was asked to answer a tough question on how he would do in a direct matchup with Shaq. Kareem believes it would be a hard assignment but recognizes there ways in which he can outplay Shaq.
“I don’t know. Shaq is a load. Tough guy around the basket with strength and agility that he had around the basket. He didn’t have much of a shot away from the basket. Four feet away from the basket, he was approaching to being ordinary. I would make him work, shooting a bunch of hook shots that he wouldn’t be able to guard, but who knows. You gotta go out there and put it to the test.”