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They just happen.

“Never seen anybody like him. Never,” said one Western Conference scout, who has been involved in the NBA in some capacity the past 38 years. “Maybe there’s a little bit of Alex English in him because he would come inside with some different shots. But not even his stuff was as crazy as Jamison’s. Jamison’s just unique.”

The origin of Jamison’s skills are somewhat of a mystery; even he can’t recall when and how he developed the arsenal. The players that Jamison most admired growing up were Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and David Robinson.

“They were all great, but they were pretty conventional,” he said. “I definitely didn’t have it in high school and not in college. In college, I developed the quick-release shots. It was just once I got to the NBA… I started with the off-balance shots, the weird flicks. Defenders are tougher, and you’re just trying everything you can because it’s much harder to get shots off.

“It is the funniest thing to go against somebody and a crazy shot falls and you’re running down the court and they say to you, ‘You know that was some bull right there.’”

Haywood said Jamison had some of the tricks at UNC, but like his midrange jumper, Jamison has developed them through hard work in the NBA. Although Jamison would like to be able to say he has a carefully cataloged mental inventory, he concedes that he doesn’t know how many tricks he has, what he’s going to pull out at a given moment or even how it will come out looking.

“I have no idea,” he said. “Man, when I’m out there doing that [stuff], it just goes with the flow. It’s nothing like, ‘Oh, I’m setting up for the ‘Twan Spinner or anything like that.’ Off the top of the dome, I couldn’t even tell you how I do it. I’m just trying to find a way to get the ball in the hoop - just reacting to what they’re throwing at me.”

Jamison shakes his head and chuckles.

“Yeah, the [stuff] is crazy, but I go with it,” he said. “It’s like they say, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”