Dallas Mavericks

Nowitzki’s hook shot is a work in progress

DALLAS – For two years running now, Dirk Nowitzki has been trying to perfect the sky hook.

The Dallas Mavericks’ forward added the shot made famous by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to his repertoire last season, but with nominal success. Now, he’s back at it again.

"The sky hook is a tough shot,’’ Nowitzki said following Friday’s practice at American Airlines Center. "Especially if you don’t have any moves, if you don’t come out of the rhythm and just turn around and shoot it.

"That’s why nobody else is shooting it like Kareem. I don’t know how he did it, but that shot is unbelievable.’’

The hook shot was the go-to shot by Abdul-Jabbar, who is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points. As far as Nowitzki developing some consistency converting that shot, the 7-footer insist it’s a work in progress.

"Out of the move, it’s OK,’’ Nowitzki said. "Once I got a little running start I can actually shoot it OK.

"The problem is I’m 36 and I don’t get a lot of running starts any more. So I’m (messed up).’’