A hook shot, in basketball, is a play in which the offensive player, usually turned perpendicular to the basket, gently throws the ball with a sweeping motion of his arm in an upward arc with a follow-through which ends over his head. Unlike the jump shot, it is shot with only one hand; the other arm is often used to create space between the shooter and the defensive player. The shot is quite difficult to block, but few players have mastered the shot more than a few feet from the basket. Former Harlem Globetrotter Goose Tatum is often credited with inventing the hook shot; he would even shoot them without looking at the basket. The hook shot later became a staple of many players in the NBA, including notable stars such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, and Yao Ming.
In FIBA games, hook shots were a revered skill for centers before dunks became more popular; mostly because of the relative difficulty of blocking such shots.
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... Miller's innings was noted for its driving, and he was out for 74, playing a hook shot that was caught by Bedser at square leg from Laker in pursuit of quick runs ... However, Washbrook changed his tactics and decided to eschew the hook shot, even allowing some short balls to hit him on the body ... on the fingers while fending down Lindwall's bouncers, having decided to avoid the hook shot ...
... with Australia chasing a small target, Hilditch played a hook shot against an Ian Botham bouncer and was caught on the leg side boundary ... Hilditch gained a reputation as a compulsive player of the hook shot ... Hilditch played against New Zealand in Brisbane and was twice caught at fine leg playing the hook shot ...
... physical nature of low post basketball, the "jump hook" has become a more popular style of hook shot, and has been employed by many players including centers Shaquille O'Neal and Dwight Howard ... The jump hook provides for better balance as well as a quicker release, and the shot will be released from higher in the air ... According to Hakeem Olajuwon, it is a "necessary shot that every center should have", because of the fact that it is very difficult to block ...
... Compton attempted a hook shot and Arthur Morris ran from his position at short square leg to take a difficult catch, leaving the hosts at 3/17 ... Watkins then batted for 16 balls in an attempt to get off the mark with a series of failed hook shots ... He missed an attempted hook shot and was hit in the shoulder by another Lindwall bouncer ...
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“A hook shot kisses the rim and
hangs there, helplessly, but doesnt drop
and for once our gangly starting center
boxes out his man and times his jump
perfectly, gathering the orange leather
from the air like a cherished possession”
—Edward Hirsch (b. 1950)