LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 13, 2012) - LA Lakers veteran photographer Andrew D. Bernstein captured hundreds of iconic 'sky hook' photos of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar from 1983 to 1989, and on Friday, November 16, 2012, a statue of Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA's all-time leading scorer, will be unveiled by the Los Angeles Lakers and Staples Center at Star Plaza outside of Staples Center in Los Angeles reflecting Abdul-Jabbar's trademark 'sky hook' move.
Bernstein, who in October 2012 marked his 31st year of photographing the NBA, says of Abdul-Jabbar and the statue, "Kareem is one of the greatest NBA players of all time. It was an incredible experience to visually document moments of his career and his signature hook shot, the 'sky hook,' and I am so thrilled to see this well-deserved statue erected in his honor."
Abdul-Jabbar won six NBA championships, including five with the Lakers, of which Bernstein captured the 1985, 1987 and 1988 championship games.
Bernstein played an instrumental role in the creation of NBA Photos in 1986, which is recognized as the worldwide leader in licensing of NBA photography, and in the creation of the position of Official NBA Photographer, which he held for 30 years. In addition to his role as the LA Lakers team photographer, Bernstein also serves as team photographer for the LA Kings, LA Clippers and LA Dodgers.
Bernstein is available for interview or comment on his experiences photographing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his trademark 'sky-hook' shot. For media requests, contact publicist Jess Block at 909-706-8525 or JessBlockPR@gmail.com.
ABOUT ANDREW D. BERNSTEIN: Since 1983, Andrew D. Bernstein has photographed and developed a unique personal rapport with the world's leading professional athletes. Bernstein was involved in the creation of NBA Photos in 1986, which is recognized as the worldwide leader in licensing of NBA photography, and in the creation of the position of Official NBA Photographer in 1986 that he held until 2011. Bernstein's work frequently appears in Sports Illustrated, ESPN, The Sporting News, Time, Newsweek and more. He has covered every NBA Finals since 1982, as well as the 1992, 1996, 2000, 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic basketball teams. Bernstein's other recent projects include advertising campaigns featuring top athletes for Nike, Reebok, Adidas, Pepsi, Coca-Cola and Icy Hot. http://www.AndrewDBernsteinPhotography.com