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Given the way that today's coaches insist on controlling the tempo and strategy in their games, it's hard to believe that many would allow a gunner to emerge even if they thought he was their team's best hope. The coach who allowed one player to take over his offense wouldn't be considered much of a tactician by his peers.
While the gunners who played before the shot clock was introduced in 1985-86 were free to pull the trigger at the first sign of an opening, many of today's coaches want to milk each possession--or work toward the all-but-foolproof field goal attempt. That's largely why field goal attempts per game have dropped so significantly. "You know what a lot of coaches preach now? Don't get a good shot, get a great shot," says former Michigan State coach Jud Heathcote.
But a great shot is in the eye of the beholder. Carr acknowledges that his teammates let him know about it when he took a few bad shots in a row. But when Williams is asked if he received any such reprimands, he recites what could be the gunner's motto. "Bad shot?" he says. "What's that?"
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