Short takes

• Evergreen Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki brings his famed one-footed fadeaway jumper to Target Center on Sunday perhaps for the last time, which poses this question about signature shots: Why doesn’t anybody shoot the skyhook that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar used to become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer.

“I do have one, I’ve had one for a while,” Wolves young star Karl-Anthony Towns said of the sky hook. “My dad taught me it when I was younger, saying that no one uses it, you should be using it. But I don’t have to use it if I don’t need to. When it’s needed, I’ll definitely pull it out. It’s not a hard shot. I’ve been doing it for years.”

If helps, of course, when you’re 7-2.

“It also helps when you can see the rim with goggles like his,” Towns said.

Abdul-Jabbar, the former Bucks and Lakers star, finished with 38,387 points. Former Jazz star Karl Malone has the second most with 36,928, and Kobe Bryant is third with 33,643.

Towns, with 4,079 career points in his third season, still has a ways to go.


• Timberwolves CEO Ethan Casson is part of a new 12-member NBA “Business and Basketball” committee intended to study ways to grow the game and the league’s revenues.

Six team presidents/CEO and six general managers will investigate “growth opportunities” at all levels from individual teams, leaguewide and globally for a league that has targeted growth in China and points elsewhere.