Tuesday, September 7th, 2010 at 10:40 am  |  58 responses

For Old Time’s Sake: Big Shot Rob

Robert Horry has 7 NBA Championships. Yes, more than Mike, more than 99% of those who have come through the NBA. However, Big Shot Rob earned his nickname for a reason… you leave him open in the final moments of a close game, forget about it, you might as well head to the locker room before the ball hits the net. Horry had an unbelievable ability to shine during a game’s most pivotal moments and he played a BIG part in all of the championship runs he was a part of. Whether he was scoring in bunches with Houston as a youngster or hitting clutch Js in LA and San Antonio, he always got it done. He never lit up the stat sheet for a full season and his best season statistically was comprised of rather pedestrian numbers: 12 pts, 5.8 rbs, 4 asts as a member of the Rockets in ’95-’96. At the end of the day, Chips are what matters and Rob got 7 of them in 16 seasons. RESPECT.


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  • andy

    clutch personified! though i’m not sure whether to think no. 2 was more luck that he got the ball…

  • SpaceJam

    Number 2 is one of the most famous shots of this generation. He was clutch in every sense. It’s like he slept during the regular season and then when the playoffs he woke up w/something to prove.

  • larrylegend

    MY MAIN MAN! Underrated post defender, do a little bit of all type of player. unforgettable the press conference of tim duncan after 2005 finals#5, where he cemented his legacy. always a smile, always not forgetting thats a game and u should have fun, too. he makes me happy many times!

  • Ronald

    I wish he came back with the Spurs.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Robert Horry is a cool dude, I read a story about him and his rings one time. He didnt know where they were, eventually finding them in a clothes drawer haha. Just left them lying around the house.
    Shout-out to Will Smith too.

  • http://deleted KH10

    Also one of the most versatile 6-10 players ever, could do everything Odom does but always wound up on great teams that didnt need another star. An original.

  • Tupack Shakur

    I think Youtube is a pretty cool guy. eh makes big shots and doesnt afraid of anything

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Clutch, yes. Good dude, yes squared. Will he make the HOF? Start the debate…

  • http://beforepartb.com/ Roger

    Being someone who couldn’t stand those Lakers and Spurs teams, Horry more often than not tore out my heart. (Particularly that Sac series.) But man, he was cool doin’ it. One for the ages.

  • http://beforepartb.com/ Roger

    He *should* make the HoF. There’s got to be room in there for the super role players… I know guys like Steve Kerr probably won’t ever make it, but Horry is on a whole ‘nother level.

  • http://sfdjklf.com Jukai

    Never has one player made such a career out of standing around and hitting wide open gym-jumpers.
    Not that I can criticize the man too much, he hit pretty much all of them.
    HOF? I PERSONALLY don’t think so, but if KC Jones is in the HoF, then you can definitely make the argument that Robert Horry should be there.

  • hammer

    Players like kc jones and horry,despite winning multiple titles,don’t belong n the hall. Their stats do not merit them n. Yes they were integral pieces 2 their teams,but so is derek fisher and there’s no talk of him going 2 springfield. And their shouldn’t b. So no 2 horry and take kc jones out of the hall,tho that won’t happen

  • total scrotal implosion

    4 qtr and ot of game 5 05 finals was the sickest siht ever. Better than anything kobe magic mike anyone ever did. He would not be denied, clutch shot after clutch shot. And that dunk on rip? Wow. When that last shot went up, everyone watching knew the result

  • grandmama

    that quarter was the shiit.. hey do a isiah rider fots

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    In a league full of cowboys and indians, hes one of the greatest indians to ever play- Robert Horry

  • http://twitter.com/dyalektraps d.Y.

    He’s a Hall of Famer. He didn’t just get 7 rings, he’s famous for how he got ‘em. They don’t call it the hall of stats or consistency.

  • Martey

    He should be in the Hall. The hall is after all a hall of “fame” and Horry got famous hitting those big shots. Or he made you famous. D-Fish is not the same. Robert has 7 rings! And he wasn’t riding the pine for any of those rings. He contributed to several teams and put the nail in the coffins of opponents over and over again. Sometimes the stats don’t tell the whole story.

  • Martey

    He should be in the Hall. The hall is after all a hall of “fame” and Horry got famous hitting those big shots. Or he made you famous. D-Fish is not the same. Robert has 7 rings! And he wasn’t riding the pine for any of those rings. He contributed to several teams and put the nail in the coffins of opponents over and over again. Sometimes the stats don’t tell the whole story.

  • tavoris

    good for Horry…I’m still disturbed that Mitch Richmond hasn’t been profiled yet.

  • hammer

    Fisher wasn’t a slacker either. He along w/kobe and shaq were the leaders on those title teams. No denying that especially him being the pg. Fisher is an underrated clutch shooter. And many of his shots were also n playoff intense games. You tube him and refresh ur memories. Fisher is a player that u just didn’t leave unguarded n clutch time. Fisher has got 5 rings which is a lot 2 say. Lakers should def retire his jersey 4 what he meant 2 that organization. A tru laker gr8,tho not hof. If anything horry should get the same honor. Like jukai pointed out,if kc made the hall horry should 2. And most likely the hof commitee will induct him. I just simply disagree w/it. I realize stats don’t tell the whole story,but WOW! They DO make it impressive

  • andy 2

    The nickname: ‘Big Shot Bob’ is better than ‘Big Shot Rob’ in my humble and entirely irrelevant opinion.

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  • JTaylor21

    Hell no he shouldn’t be in the HOF. I guess that Horry was the best player in the 90s if you go by Kobe’s fans logic, a bunch of MORONS.

  • http://sfdjklf.com Jukai

    JTaylor21, just stop posting. Why did you have to bring up Kobe? What did Kobe have to do with anything? You’ve become more annoying than The Seed.

  • JTaylor21

    @Jukai being sensitive again huh. I said dude’s fans not the man himself.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    One time I asked Horry if he preferred Big Shot Bob or Big Shot Rob. He said, “My name is Robert.” Great guy. Hope he gets into coaching soon.

  • http://sfdjklf.com Jukai

    Yeah, I’m sensitive when I read utter nonsensical crap. Take that to dime, kid.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    I dunno…I’m not all that impressed with him. He said himself that he’d rather be a superstar with no rings than a role player with lots of em(or something to that efffect). He never seemed to really care that much unless it was big moments/big games. He was crazy clutch none the less, but he could have been alot better had he tried all the time.

  • JTaylor21

    Nah, Juaki you’re sensitive about anything I say. You may need to calm down before your heart starts acting up again, old gizzard

  • abaci

    no way he should be in the Hall of Fame.

  • http://banksitin.blogspot.com/ vmcb

    As a bitter Suns fan, I kept expecting his hip check on Nash to show up. The man is ice cold, however. HOF.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    He seemed a more complete player while winning ‘chips in Houston.. I M O he was just at the right place at the right time (team wise). Hit some huge shots, many of them looked like pure luck.. Remember Sean Elliot’s 3 over the tips of Sheed’s fingers?

  • MikeC.

    The NBA needs to make its own HOF. Then let players and coaches vote on who gets in. I bet if you asked most players, they’d say Horry is Hall-worthy.

  • Overtime

    I’d put him in HOF, but if he’s in there, so is Fisher.
    Also, just lol at Jtaylor. He needs a thread to himself

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    Stats aren’t everything and stats don’t lie. It’s hard to put a 7pt, 2asst and 5reb guy in the HOF. He was a good productive role/bench player who happened to be on good/great teams. He’s seems like a good dude as well, but there is no way he should even be considered for the HOF.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    @JTaylor21: If your thought is that the notion that the # of rings is directly related to the ‘greatness’ of a player, then I agree with you that this thinking doesn’t make any sense at all. I’ve never bought into the idea that player X is better than play Y because of the number of rings they have, and Horry is a good example of how flawed that thinking is.

  • http://sfdjklf.com Jukai

    The Nupe:
    KC Jones career averages: 7.4 – 3.5 – 4.3 on 38% shooting
    Horry career averages: 7.0 – 4.8 – 2.1 on .43% shooting
    One of these guys is in the HOF… And they both have 6+ championships. Hmmmm!
    Then again, guys like Mullins and Gilmore and King aren’t in the HOF. Which is god damn stupid. So I don’t really know.

  • MikeC.

    Top 5 oversights for the Hall…so far. Not in order. Just a list.
    1) Dennis Rodman
    2) Artis Gilmore
    3) Tex Winter
    4) Mark Cuban
    5) Bernard King

    Any more glaring omissions?

  • MikeC.

    @Jukai – + Chris Mullin. Forgot about Mullin. Although, he did go in this year as a member of the ’92 Olympic Team.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    Jukai: I think Jones got into the HOF largely for being the first African-American coach to lead a team to the finals (as a coach not a player/coach) and for winning multiple championships as a coach. His playing career wasn’t great, as evidenced by his stats, but breaking the color barier as a championship winning coach was/is a significant event.

  • http://sfdjklf.com Jukai

    The Nupe: Well, you may very well be right. I’ll have to research that. Hat tip to you, good sir.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    He is the greatest role clutch player in the History of the NBA. I don’t think he deserves the Hall of Fame, but he should be honorable mention in a new section for players who play big parts in the History of the NBA. Horry was very underrated defensive player, but he could play defense and didn’t mine playing dirty either. Horry to me never got the chance to try to lead a team, but I think his career speaks for himself. Helping the Lakers, Rockets and Spurs win titles is PRICELESS.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Co-sign Wayno, kind of… Only I am definitely impressed by any player who comes up that clutch… Which isn’t many. I’m kind of on the fence with him in terms of making the HOF or not. I’d have no problem if they let OTHER much-deserving players in the Hall, but as it stands, that’s not really the case. You just can’t justify putting guys like Robert Horry or Dennis Rodman in the Hall when Bernard King and Artis Gilmore aren’t in it yet either.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    LOL @ Lang.

  • The Philosopher

    The Nupe always brings the good sh!t.

  • MikeC.

    Is there a pile of stuff in moderation right now?

  • MikeC.

    My post that didn’t show up had to do with revamping the current HOF system. If the NBA had their own hall, it would be best to follow (blasphemy alert) Bill Simmons’ idea of a Pyramid system. Top floor for guys like MJ, Magic, Bird, Kareem, etc. Big time winners with big time stats. Level two would be a combo level for guys like Ray Allen, Pau Gasol, Karl Malone, Patrick Ewing, etc. Guys who were champs but weren’t the ‘guy’, and guys with indisputably great careers that didn’t win a ring. Even though this is an NBA HOF, I’d still slip in a caveat that college championships and Olympic gold carry some weight. Level three would be for guys that played major roles in multiple championships but weren’t stars. Rodman, Horry, Fisher come to mind. Guys that were big-time role players whose teams wouldn’t have won series/rings without their contributions. My original post was better, but this will do.

  • JTaylor21

    @MikeC your on point but if I hear anyone else quote Bill Freaking Simmons as a credible basketball source, I will go bonkers and personally check into a nut house.

  • dma

    I don’t think Will Smith should belong in the HOF.

  • MikeC.

    @JTaylor – Simmons is a fun read. His articles and blogs are like reading the posts on this site. Some solid insight, but mostly unfounded, random bullisht that makes me laugh.

  • MikeC.

    Simmons is a good way to pass time when there’s no real news. Kinda like reading tabloids instead of real news.

  • http://sdjkflf.com Jukai

    MikeC: So you’re going to move each Celtics up five to ten spots in your pyramid?

  • MikeC.

    Not that far bro. I’d probably try to sneak Oakley and Starks into level 3 though. Based on awsomeness and badassedness.

  • http://slamonline.com Dave.

    Look at the stats, people.
    Jukai is 27.5% more likely to oppose an argument than what Mikec is, but MikeC’s agreement ratio is over 121%. anyone who compares the statistics of those two are an idiot, and Wilt would have certainly done it better than LeBron.

  • http://sdjkflf.com Jukai

    If there was a HOF for posting on SLAM, I’d be first f*cking ballot.
    Eboy would be a Bernard King like snub for doing too much coke.

  • JTaylor21

    Nah Jukai, you be Christian Laettner and only get into the HOF riding 14 other players’ coattails.

  • unrel

    he’s not really ‘at the right place at the right time’.. that’s what devean george and morrison were.. there’s a reason why these championship teams had horry.. he’s that final piece to a chip-squad.. kind of like when sheed went detroit.. he’s that pistol in your ankle holster.. you’re not lucky you have it.. it’s more that the teams knew they’d need him after they used all their big guns..

  • unrel

    HOF?.. i’m a laker fan.. so as a fan, i appreciate horry a great deal.. but he didn’t have a hall of fame career.. he played huge roles on his squads.. but he, as an individual, wasn’t a hall of fame player.. if he’s to be HOF.. cooper, avery johnson, b.scott, s.cassel.. and so on.. there are countless of role players that helped dynasties.. however.. you can’t look at him and not respect 7 rings.. that he can say helped to get each one.. he wasn’t just cruising along for the ride.. he earned each one.. should he be in the HOF?.. no.. but he should be on every ballot and get a few votes every year.. if any of his teams are inducted.. he should be giving some mic time..