By James “JD” Davis

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When Miles Davis first changed jazz music it was from how much you played, to what you played, when you played. If you can say the same thing about sports how can you deny Robert Horry the Hall Of Fame? The Hall Of Fame covers careers from amateur to pro. He might not have been the 1st, 2nd, or even the 3rd option, but when he played it was musical bliss.

“The Birth of the Cool”

     Robert Horry first gained recognition as the Naismith Alabama high school player of the year award winner. He went on to play for University of Alabama along side Latrell “Choke a Coach, while the wheels keep spinning” Sprewell.  There he won three S.E.C. titles.  He was selected to the ALL-SEC, the SEC All-Defensive, and the SEC All-Academic teams.  He has already been honored as a S.E.C. Legend and is in the Alabama State hall of fame.

“The First Great Quintet”

      In 1992, Horry was selected 11th overall by the Houston Rockets. He won two titles with the Rockets (94, 95).  In those finals, Horry set an individual NBA Finals record with seven steals in a game and also hit five 3-pointers in a quarter.  With clutch performances, his teammates coined the name “Big Shot Bob”.  Robert Horry hit the game-winning jumper Game 1 of the 1995 Western Conference Finals vs. the San Antonio Spurs.

“Kind of Blue”

     In 1996, Horry and other pieces were traded to the Phoenix Suns for former NBA Most Valuable Player – Charles Barkley.  I guess the musical harmony was flawed in Phoenix, because Horry found himself suspended after an altercation with the coach Danny Ainge.

“The Second Great Quintet”

Horry was then traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. Horry won three consecutive NBA championships (2000, 2001, and 2002) with the Lakers.  He made a game-clinching three-pointer in at least one game in four straight playoff series. In the 2002 NBA Conference Finals, Horry hit the winning three pointer in Game 4. This prompted Magic (I own theaters and will destroy the Dodgers) Johnson to say, “Horry is, one of the 10 best clutch players in league history.”

“Hard Bop and the Blue Period” Or “The Boring Period

 (have you seen the Spurs play? ZZZzzzZZZ)”

     In 2003, he signed with the San Antonio Spurs.  In Game 5 of the 2005 NBA Finals, “Big Shot Bob” should have changed his name to “Big Game Bob” because he dazzled in a saxophone solo against the Detroit Pistons, scoring 21 of the Spurs’ points in the 4th quarter and overtime. Horry then hit the game winning 3 pointer to seal the game.  ESPN’s Bill Simmons ranked Horry’s performance alongside MJ’s Game 6 in 1998.  Horry and the Spurs won there last title in the 2007. If your keeping counts that’s 7 NBA Championships.

Horry is one of nine players to have won seven or more NBA championships and he is the only one that is not a 1960s Celtic.  Horry holds the record for three-pointers all-time in the NBA Finals with 53, eclipsing Michael Jordan (42).  Horry was the first player ever to accumulate 100 steals, 100 blocks and 100 threes in one season.  If Miles Davis was right about not how much you played, but how you played when you played then Robert Horry is the “Fat Lady” singing at the end of an opera.  Thus deserves his bust in theBASKETBALL (Not NBA) Hall of Fame. So open the damn door and let Horry play you a sweet melody of winning!

James "JD" Davis @mrjdsir11

James “JD” Davis