Big Shot Rob has earned the right to be heard when it comes to NBA championships. Robert Horry’s 7 championships make him tied for the 7th winningest NBA player in history and the only NBA player to win that many titles that wasn’t on a 1950s or 1960s Celtics’ squad. Put simply, no player in the modern era wins like Big Shot Rob.
Given, he might not be the genesis for all of his titles like Jordan or Duncan, but he must be doing something right because he’s the only player ever to win titles on three different teams. Plus, for many of these titles in Houston, Los Angeles, and San Antonio, it was his clutch shooting as time expired that gave his team the victory.
With all of that said, it came as a surprise this week when Horry spoke out about the newly assembled Laker mega-team, stating he didn’t think they’d even make it out of the Western Conference next year. What? Is this possible? Fans and pundits alike have been counting-off the forthcoming Los Angeles titles like a virtual diamond championship ring studded deluge. Yet, in Horry’s opinion they lack depth.
Horry stated, “I don’t think the Lakers are going to be in the NBA Finals, despite Howard and Nash. To go deep into the play-offs, you need a strong bench, not just a great starting line-up. I still believe (last year’s runner-up) Oklahoma City Thunder are the favorites in the Western Conference, and (champions) Miami of course have just gotten stronger with Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis.
You pick up history and you’ll see the bench that outplays its opponents usually wins.”
Could this be? Could Horry know something we don’t know. Actually, more than a few legends of the game have pointed out that they aren’t drinking this brand of LA Kool-Aide. Charles Barkley and Shaq, both known for their strong opinions, also weighed in, saying it will be the year of the Thunder. Sorry Los Angeles, maybe even Howard and Nash won’t be enough to get out of the West after all, with Durant draining threes and Westbrook maintaining his quickest man alive title.
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