In his many decades in the game, Kazuo Nakamura tinkered with an up-tempo style of basketball he wanted his teams to play. And in recent years, it often involved several of his players taking quick 3-point shots as often as possible.

Nakamura’s run-and-gun style produced consecutive bj-league championships in 2009-10 and 2010-11, when the inimitable bench boss led the Hamamatsu Higashishimikawa Phoenix. He then took his system to his hometown Akita Northern Happinets for the 2011-12 campaign.

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