Chris Mullin was a world-class shooter by the fourth grade. He entered a national free throw-shooting contest that year, nailed 23 out of 25, and walked off with the trophy. His was a natural-born gift, and he let not a single moment go to waste. Chris Mullin lived to shoot.
"It wasn't like I went out into my backyard, threw the ball out and dove on it," he said with a smile last week. "I wasn't out there practicing how to take a charge. I went out and shot. And shot and shot and shot, just by myself."