Robert Horry

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Robert Horry
Robert Horry 2012.jpg
No. 25, 5
Small forward / Power forward
Personal information
Born(1970-08-25) August 25, 1970 (age 42)
Harford County, Maryland
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High schoolAndalusia (Andalusia, Alabama)
CollegeAlabama (1988-1992)
NBA Draft1992 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Pro playing career1992–2008
Career history
19921996Houston Rockets
1996–1997Phoenix Suns
19972003Los Angeles Lakers
20032008San Antonio Spurs
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points7,715 (7.0 ppg)
Rebounds5,269 (4.8 rpg)
Blocks1,035 (0.9 bpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
 
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Robert Horry
Robert Horry 2012.jpg
No. 25, 5
Small forward / Power forward
Personal information
Born(1970-08-25) August 25, 1970 (age 42)
Harford County, Maryland
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High schoolAndalusia (Andalusia, Alabama)
CollegeAlabama (1988-1992)
NBA Draft1992 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Pro playing career1992–2008
Career history
19921996Houston Rockets
1996–1997Phoenix Suns
19972003Los Angeles Lakers
20032008San Antonio Spurs
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points7,715 (7.0 ppg)
Rebounds5,269 (4.8 rpg)
Blocks1,035 (0.9 bpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Robert Keith Horry Jr. (/ˈɒri/; born August 25, 1970) is a retired American basketball player and current sports commentator. He played 16 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA), winning seven championships, the most of any player not to have played on the 1960s Boston Celtics. He is one of only two players (the other is John Salley) to have won NBA championships with three different teams: two with the Houston Rockets, three with the Los Angeles Lakers and two with the San Antonio Spurs. He earned the nickname Big Shot Rob because of his clutch shooting in important games, and he is widely considered to be one of the greatest clutch performers of his generation.[1][2] Horry now works as a commentator on Time Warner Cable SportsNet.

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Early life, high school and college basketball[edit]

Soon after Horry was born in Harford County, Maryland, his father, Staff Sergeant Robert Horry Sr., divorced his mother, Leila, and moved to South Carolina. Horry grew up in Andalusia, Alabama. Later, when Robert Sr. was stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia, the father and son met weekly.[3][4]

As a senior at Andalusia High School, Horry won the Naismith Alabama High School Player of the Year award. He attended the University of Alabama on a basketball scholarship, where he was a teammate of fellow future NBA player Latrell Sprewell.

At Alabama, Horry started 108 of the 133 games he played in and helped the Tide win three SEC tournament titles and two berths in the NCAA's Sweet 16 round. Alabama compiled a 98-36 record during his four seasons; Horry set a school record for career blocked shots (282). He was selected to the All-Southeastern Conference, the SEC All-Defensive and the SEC All-Academic teams.

NBA career[edit]

Houston Rockets (1992-1996)[edit]

Horry was selected 11th overall in the 1992 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets as a small forward. He spent his first four seasons with the Rockets, helping them win the NBA Championship in 1994 and 1995. While in the Finals, Horry set an individual NBA Finals record with seven steals in a game[5] and also hit five 3-pointers in a quarter. During his years with the Rockets, Horry wore number 25.[6]

In February 1994, he and Matt Bullard were traded to the Detroit Pistons for Sean Elliott, but Elliott failed a physical because of kidney problems, and the trade was rescinded. Horry said that the trade falling through probably saved his career. Horry went on to be a key member of the Rockets' title teams and began to lay the foundations for his "Big Shot Rob" reputation[1] with a game-winning jumper in the final seconds of Game 1 of the 1995 Western Conference Finals vs. the San Antonio Spurs and adding a crucial basket in a 106-103 win in Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Orlando Magic. Following the victory at the 1995 NBA Finals, Horry and the Rockets would win their second NBA Championship. Horry said that out of his 7 championship victories, this was the one he was the most proud of because the Rockets were the 6th seed in the Western Conference.[7]

Phoenix Suns (1996-1997)[edit]

On August 19, 1996, Horry was traded to the Phoenix Suns along with Sam Cassell, Chucky Brown and Mark Bryant for former NBA Most Valuable Player Charles Barkley. Horry had been criticized in Houston for not taking enough shots and felt that was what prompted the Rockets to trade him. After joining the Suns, Horry had an on-court altercation with coach Danny Ainge, during which Horry threw a towel at Ainge.

Los Angeles Lakers (1997-2003)[edit]

The incident with Ainge led to Horry's suspension and trade to the Los Angeles Lakers on January 10, 1997, for Cedric Ceballos. Because the Lakers had retired jersey number 25 to honor Gail Goodrich, Horry wore the number 5 instead. Horry was a member of the Lakers when they won three consecutive NBA championships (2000, 2001, and 2002). During the 2000 and 2001 seasons, Horry played behind A.C. Green and Horace Grant respectively, but frequently garnered more minutes off the bench than the starters, especially during the playoffs. In the 2002 playoffs, Horry averaged 37.0 minutes per game. Horry's increasing minutes in the playoffs can be attributed to his knack for making clutch plays, including some key 3 pointers late in games, thus strengthening his reputation as a big game player and further justifying the "Big Shot Rob" nickname.

Horry (back row, farthest right) at a White House ceremony in January 2002 following the Lakers' 2001 NBA Finals victory.

Over the Lakers' three-year run, Horry made a game-clinching three-pointer in at least one game in four straight playoff series (starting with the 2001 NBA Finals), but perhaps none more important than in Game 4 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals against the Sacramento Kings. Trailing two games to one in the series and facing Game 5 in Sacramento, the Lakers were down by as many as 24 points in the first half. Eventually, the Lakers cut the lead to 99–97 with 11.8 seconds to play. On the final possession, after Kobe and Shaq missed consecutive layups, Sacramento center Vlade Divac knocked the ball away from the basket in an attempt to run out the clock. However, the ball bounced right to Horry, who hit a 3-pointer as time expired to win Game 4 100–99. A day later, Magic Johnson was quoted as calling Horry, "one of the 10 best clutch players in league history".[8] The Lakers would eventually win the series in 7 games. The Lakers went on to sweep the New Jersey Nets 4–0 in the NBA Finals.

A situation similar to Game 4 happened on March 5, 2003 in a game against the Indiana Pacers when, while the game was tied at 95, Pacers center Jermaine O'Neal swatted the inside pass for Shaquille O'Neal right into the hands of a wide open Horry, who calmly hit the game-winning shot.

In the 2003 playoffs, the Lakers were attempting to win their fourth straight NBA championship. But in Game 5 in the Western Conference Semifinals against the Spurs, Horry's chance for another game-winner rattled in and out with 5 seconds left, wiping out the Lakers' rally from a 25-point deficit. Horry went 0-18 on 3-pointers in the series and the Lakers were eliminated in six games.

San Antonio Spurs (2003-2008)[edit]

Horry with the Spurs

Following the 2002–03 season, Horry became a free agent. Citing concerns over family, all of whom live in Houston, Horry signed with the San Antonio Spurs. During the 2002–2003 season, the Lakers had leaned heavily on Horry. With the Spurs, coach Gregg Popovich cut Horry's minutes significantly, resulting in renewed success.

During the 2004–05 season, the Spurs reached the playoffs and went on to win the 2005 NBA Finals. Horry played a significant part for the team's success, going 38 of 85 behind the 3-point line in the 2005 playoffs. In Game 5 of the 2005 NBA Finals against the Detroit Pistons, Horry provided more heroics in the fourth quarter to boost San Antonio to a win and 3–2 series lead over Detroit. After only scoring three points in the first three quarters, he scored 21 of the Spurs' points in the 4th quarter and overtime. The Spurs went on to win Game 5 96–95 after Horry hit a game-winning three-point shot in the final seconds. His late game heroics at age 34 were so astounding that prominent ESPN columnist Bill Simmons said of the performance, "Horry's Game 5 ranks alongside MJ's Game 6 in 1998, Worthy's Game 7 in 1988, Frazier's Game 7 in 1970 and every other clutch Finals performance over the years".[9] After winning the series in seven games, the Spurs won their third NBA Championship in seven seasons and Horry received his sixth championship ring. Horry continued to wear number 5 after joining the Spurs.

During the 2007 NBA playoffs, Horry hip-checked Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash which resulted in a flagrant foul on Horry. During the ensuing commotion, Raja Bell was assessed a technical foul for charging at Horry. Horry was ejected from the game and suspended for Games 5 and 6. Amar'e Stoudemire and Boris Diaw who left the vicinity of the bench, were issued a suspension for Game 5. The Spurs won the two ensuing games and subsequently moved on to the 2007 NBA Championship, where they swept the Cleveland Cavaliers winning their fourth NBA title and Horry's seventh individual ring.[10][11]

He began wearing the number 25 again after the 2006-07 season. After the 2007–08 season, Robert Horry became a free agent but went unsigned, marking his last professional season.

Records and honors[edit]

Horry collected his seventh championship as a member of the Spurs in 2007.[12] He is one of only nine players to have won seven or more championships in the NBA, and the only one who did not play on the 1960s Celtics. Robert Horry is one of only three players to win consecutive NBA Championships with two different teams.[13] In 2005, he joined John Salley as the only players to win NBA rings with three different teams. He is the all-time leader in playoff games played with 244, having surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar during the 2008 playoffs.

Horry holds the record for three-pointers all-time in the NBA Finals with 53, having eclipsed Michael Jordan's previous record of 42. He set the NBA Playoffs record for most three-point field goals made in a game without a miss (7) against the Utah Jazz in Game 2 of the 1997 Western Conference Semifinals. Horry has regular season career averages of 7.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.

Horry and Steve Kerr, another famous reserve player and clutch shooter, alternated NBA Championships for a decade, and combined to win 12 championships over a 14-year period. Either Kerr or Horry was on the roster of an NBA Finals team from the 1993-94 season through the 2002-03 season, with every one resulting in a victory. Horry's teams were victorious in the NBA Finals in 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2007, while Kerr's teams were winners in the NBA Finals in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2003. Each won three titles playing for Phil Jackson-coached teams and two with the San Antonio Spurs.

Horry was the first player ever to accumulate 100 steals, 100 blocked shots and 100 threes in one season.[14] In 2010, he was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.[15]

Notable playoff clutch shots[edit]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
1992–93Houston797929.5.474.255.7155.02.41.01.010.1
1993–94Houston818129.3.459.324.7325.42.91.5.99.9
1994–95Houston646132.4.447.379.7615.13.41.51.210.2
1995–96Houston717137.1.410.366.7765.84.01.61.512.0
1996–97Phoenix321522.5.421.308.6403.71.7.9.86.9
1996–97L.A. Lakers221430.7.455.329.7005.42.51.71.39.2
1997–98L.A. Lakers727130.4.476.204.6927.52.31.61.37.4
1998–99L.A. Lakers38519.6.459.444.7394.01.5.91.04.9
1999–00L.A. Lakers76022.2.438.309.7884.81.61.11.05.7
2000–01L.A. Lakers79120.1.387.346.7113.71.6.7.75.2
2001–02L.A. Lakers812326.4.398.374.7835.92.9.91.16.8
2002–03L.A. Lakers802629.3.387.288.7696.42.91.2.86.5
2003–04San Antonio81115.9.405.380.6453.41.2.6.64.8
2004–05San Antonio751618.6.419.370.7893.61.1.9.86.0
2005–06San Antonio63318.8.384.368.6473.81.3.7.85.1
2006–07San Antonio68816.5.359.336.5943.41.1.7.63.9
2007–08San Antonio45513.0.319.257.6432.41.0.5.42.5
Career110748024.5.425.341.7264.82.11.0.97.0

Playoffs[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
1993Houston121231.2.465.300.7415.23.21.51.310.3
1994Houston232333.8.434.382.7656.13.61.5.911.7
1995Houston222238.2.445.400.7447.03.51.51.213.1
1996Houston8838.5.407.396.4357.13.02.61.613.1
1997L.A. Lakers9931.0.447.429.7785.31.41.1.86.7
1998L.A. Lakers131332.5.557.353.6836.53.11.11.18.6
1999L.A. Lakers8022.1.462.417.7864.51.4.8.85.0
2000L.A. Lakers23026.9.407.288.7025.32.5.9.87.6
2001L.A. Lakers16023.9.368.362.5915.21.91.41.05.9
2002L.A. Lakers191437.0.449.387.7898.13.21.7.89.3
2003L.A. Lakers121031.1.319.053.5566.73.11.21.05.6
2004San Antonio10021.1.465.364.9296.3.9.8.26.1
2005San Antonio23026.9.448.447.7325.42.0.9.99.3
2006San Antonio13517.2.405.353.7313.7.8.4.74.2
2007San Antonio18020.1.417.351.8243.91.6.61.34.3
2008San Antonio15010.3.194.227.6672.1.5.3.31.5
Career24411628.0.426.359.7225.62.41.1.97.9

Personal life[edit]

Horry lives with his family in Houston. His first child, and daughter, Ashlyn, was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called 1p36 deletion syndrome, an affliction that develops when part of the first chromosome is missing. She died on June 14, 2011, at the age of 17. He also has a son, Cameron.[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Horry's last-minute shot helps Spurs to 3-1 series lead". ESPN.com. April 30, 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-16. 
  2. ^ Where Legends Are Born: Robert Horry
  3. ^ Bucher, Ric (June 10, 2002), "Wake-Up Call", ESPN the Magazine 15 (2) 
  4. ^ Bolton, Jonathan W. (October 7, 2010). "Robert Horry". Encyclopedia of Alabama. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  5. ^ Robert Horry bio, NBA.com
  6. ^ Houston Rockets uniform number history - BasketballReference.com
  7. ^ NBA Finals Package: NBA Living History
  8. ^ [1] Tuscaloosa News
  9. ^ [2] Big Shot Bob Bags another one
  10. ^ "TNT Postgame Interview". May 14, 2007. Retrieved May 18, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Duncan, Ginobili lead Spurs past short-handed Suns". ESPN.com. May 16, 2007. Retrieved May 18, 2008. 
  12. ^ Parker, Ginobili spark Spurs to fourth NBA championship, June 14, 2007
  13. ^ "Spurs: By the Numbers". June 6. 2007. Retrieved 19 October 2007.
  14. ^ http://espn.go.com/magazine/vol5no12horry.html
  15. ^ http://ashof.org/index.php?src=directory&view=company&srctype=detail&refno=563&category=2010
  16. ^ DuPree, David (May 26, 2005). "Horry sparks San Antonio". USA Today. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  17. ^ a b c d "Where Legends Are Born: Robert Horry". NBA.com. 2005-06-20. Retrieved 2007-05-16. 
  18. ^ Turner, Broderick (June 14, 2011). "Daughter of former Laker Robert Horry dies at age 17". Los Angeles Times. 

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