began shedding his conservatism once he took the Kansas job in 1988, finding
success by adding another Ol' Roy wrinkle, an interior lateral screen (code
name: Finish It) that Smith had junked out of frustration the year before.
( Smith showed Williams the ultimate in professional respect by installing the
play himself the following season.) Meanwhile the biggest change in what became
known as "the Kansas break" took place in the mid-1990s when point
guard Jacque Vaughn began running it at warp speed, increasing the number of
possessions per game--and, in turn, Williams argues, the Jayhawks' chances to
maximize the superior talent of Paul Pierce and Raef LaFrentz.
Williams's secondary break is a system in full, featuring more than 15 options
and gaining currency as the de rigueur transition attack at various levels of
the game, from high school to the WNBA to youth ball. The challenge now is for
his current Tar Heels (who were averaging 87.7 points and shooting 50.4%) to
match the potency of not just his 2005 national champs (88.0 and 49.9%) but
also his two fastest teams, period: the Jayhawks of 1989--90 (92.1 and 53.3%)
and 2001--02 (90.9 and 50.6%). It won't be easy. "If this team were to stay
together a couple of years, it could potentially be my fastest team,"
Williams says, "but who knows how long Tyler and Brandan are going to be
here? It takes a while to get used to running the way I want to run."
For now, though,
about the only thing missing from the Carolina break is a catchy name. After
all, while there's a sports bar in Chapel Hill called Four Corners, you'll be
hard-pressed to find one named the Secondary Break.
"How about 40
Minutes of Heel?" Frasor suggests.
Typical for a Roy
Williams point guard. Thinks fast on his feet.