In 1969, the Milwaukee Bucks made Lew Alcindor the number one pick in the NBA draft.
The former UCLA star followed up a rookie campaign in which he averaged 28.8 points and 14.5 rebounds per game by winning an NBA title in his second season, playing alongside Oscar Robertson. At the time, this was the fastest that an expansion team had won a championship.
Fast forward to present time, Abdul-Jabbar would like to go back to where his illustrious NBA career began, this time in a coaching capacity.
“If I get a call, I will definitely offer my services,” Abdul-Jabbar told the AP. There’s nothing on the table right now. A couple of people have asked me, and if I had the chance to be part of this franchise again, I would take it.”
The man who made the sky hook famous, has worked with the Lakers and Clippers in the past.
The Bucks have several raw offensive big men. Allowing John Henson, Larry Sanders and Ekpe Udoh to learn from the franchise’s all-time leading scorer – 14,211 points – could be significant to their development.
While it’s hard to picture any of those three utilizing the sky hook, there is plenty that the three can learn from the NBA’s all-time leading scorer.
While there is no telling how the ping-pong balls will bounce, perhaps a return to Milwaukee would allow Abdul-Jabbar the ability to have a significant hand in the development of Kansas center, Joel Embiid’s career.