One of my favorite parts of being a sports fan is the debates I have with my friends. Does Pete Rose belong in the Hall of Fame? Who is better Joe Montana, Dan Marino, or John Elway? Is golf really a sport? Who was better Bird or Magic? Should pro players be allowed to play in the Olympics? Should MLB allow instant replay all the time? Who’s more attractive, Venus or Serena? You get the point. I think Robert Horry’s candidacy for the NBA Hall of Fame will go down as one of the greatest debates of our time.
The pros: 7 championship rings with three different teams, one of the most clutch shooters of all time, numbers up across the board during the playoffs, tremendous defender with the ability to guard up to four positions, intangible factors that played a huge role in his teams being so successful.
The cons: Only averaged 7.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game over his career, shot a paltry .425 from the field for his career including six years under 40%, never was one of the top two players on his team, never fully realized his potential as a player.
I can honestly see both sides of the debate and this is really new territory for the voters of the NBA Hall of Fame. If I had a vote, I would have to vote no. Just because he won seven championships and guys like Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, and Patrick Ewing never won one, doesn’t mean he’s on the same level of greatness as them. Yes, Horry was money in the clutch, but he always left me with the feeling that he should havebeen so much better than he was. Should he be mentioned in same breath with some of the clutchest NBA shooters…absolutely. MJ, Magic, Bird, Wilt, Kareem, Oscar, Jerry, Dr. J, Horry, Baylor, Russell. Something just doesn’t seem right there.
Robert Horry joined The Dan Patrick Show before game three of the NBA Finals and discussed his candidacy for the NBA Hall of Fame. Let the debate begin.
Which hat he would wear in the Hall of Fame:
“I can’t even come up with the words because I don’t know. I would probably have to go with the Lakers hat because I won 3 championships there and I played 7 seasons there so I have to go with the numbers.”
Does he think he’ll go to the Hall of Fame?
“To be honest with you I don’t think so. I think I should be because I’ve done a lot of great things in basketball. A lot of people look at the scoring aspect of basketball, they don’t look at the other things like defense, winning; I think I’m one of the most winningest players in this game. I’m a specialist in that I go out and make a team better; I was a specialist in playing D, I was a specialist in getting the job done and being a great teammate. You look at all of the guys I’ve played with and you go down in the 4th quarter and ask who do you want in the 4th quarter, they want me.”