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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Skyhook Captured in Bronze

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Skyhook Captured in Bronze

The Staples Center unveiled a nearly 16-foot-tall statue of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Friday night, immortalizing his famed hook shot alongside statues of fellow Los Angeles Lakers greats Magic Johnson and Jerry West.

Published November 18, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's skyhook has been captured in bronze for future generations of basketball fans.

Staples Center unveiled a nearly 16-foot-tall statue of the top scorer in NBA history Friday night, immortalizing Jabbar's famed hook shot alongside statues of fellow Los Angeles Lakers greats Magic Johnson and Jerry West.

Abdul-Jabbar pronounced himself humbled and grateful during a ceremony attended by numerous NBA greats ranging from Johnson and Pat Riley to West and Elgin Baylor — and even Lakers superfan Jack Nicholson.

Abdul-Jabbar is depicted in his signature goggles and the standard 1980s short-shorts below his No. 33 jersey.

Hundreds of cheering fans gathered under threatening rainclouds to honor Abdul-Jabbar, who says he's grateful everyone could enjoy the statue before the pigeons get to it.

 

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(Photo: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Written by Greg Beacham, AP Sports Writer

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