To the casual eye, the game often appears formless—random scrambling from one end of the floor to the other and back again. But pro basketball's stars run their paths purposefully, planning to be at a certain spot at a certain time, there to execute one of their distinctive moves—an inimitable bit of basketball artistry that seems to take on an impromptu cast each time it is performed. On the following pages, Heinz Kluetmeier's multiple-exposure photographs display some of these, each as recognizable as a signature. The sky hook that Milwaukee's healthy Abdul-Jabbar executes over helpless Kermit Washington of Los Angeles at right, is his trademark. The now-retired Jerry West's quick, soft jumper on the next page was his shot. Nor is there any mistaking Julius Erving's soaring drive, Abdul-Jabbar's block of a sure basket or John Havlicek's running takeoff upcourt.
Timing perfectly a shot by Dick Van Arsdale of the Suns, Kareem intercepts the ball at the apex of its flight and slams it straight back.
Jerry West makes his patented quick fake, goes up against the Bucks' reaching Jon McGlocklin and gets off his favorite jumper.
On his way to the basket during the ABA championship playoffs, Julius Erving—the Nets' Dr. J—floats by four helpless Stars.
Directing the Celtic attack or harassing a key rival, John Havlicek is live perpetual motion.
FIVE PHOTO ILLUSTRATIONS