A few other revelations:
•Seattle let Tom Chambers go to Phoenix as a free agent partly because of his reputation as a gunner. But Tommy Gun (one shot every 1.96 minutes) actually shot less frequently than erstwhile Sonic teammates Dale Ellis (one every 1.8) and Xavier McDaniel (one every 1.92).
•T.R. Dunn of Denver was the most reluctant shooter last season, with one attempt every 9.8 minutes. Coaches just love unselfish, defense-oriented players like Dunn. They love them so much that Dunn, an unrestricted free agent, was unsigned as of last weekend.
...AND SHOOTING AWFUL
You have to be shooting pretty poorly to have a field goal percentage of less than 40%, but eight players did it last season (minimum of 200 field goal attempts):
Reggie Williams, Clippers, 152 of 427, .356; Bill Hanzlik, Nuggets, 109 of 287, .380; Muggsy Bogues, Bullets, (now with Charlotte), 166 of 426, .390; Richard Anderson, Blazers and Rockets, 171 of 439, .390.; Albert King, 76ers (now with the Spurs), 211 of 540, .391; Darrell Walker, Bullets, 114 of 291, .392; Michael Cooper, Lakers, 189 of 482, .392; and Rory Sparrow, Knicks and Bulls, 117 of 293, .399.
IT'S A TOUGH TOWN, CHARLES
Asked on a TV show how he had spent his summer, Knick forward Sidney Green responded that he had played a lot of one-on-one with Charles Oakley, "our newest accusation."
NOT IN CHARLOTTE
George Shinn, the owner of the Hornets and a man of deep religious convictions, instructed coach Dick Harter and his assistants, Ed Badger and Gene Littles, to curtail swearing on the bench this season. Shinn also wondered if Harter could ask the players to do the same, but Harter allowed as how that might be a little unrealistic.
"Look, we're all human beings, and I'm not going to expect anything unreasonable," says Shinn. "I'm not saying that if Dick says one four-letter word to the referee that he's going to lose his job. I'm not a nut, after all. But we're in the Bible Belt down here, and I do have certain expectations."