On an episode of ESPN’s The Jump, Robert Horry took a random shot at former San Antonio Spurs teammates, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili.
Robert Horry had successful championship stints throughout his NBA career, winning with the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs. For the latter, he was part of their 2004-05 and 2006-07 title-winning teams.
Well, it seems Horry has a bone to pick with some of his former teammates — maybe the two highest-profile ones he played with. He appeared on ESPN’s The Jump and discussed multiple basketball topics, including his Rockets teams of the mid-1990’s, which featured Hakeem Olajuwon. This led to him making an unexpected comment comparing Olajuwon to Tim Duncan:
“When we played San Antonio one time and Tim was killing me in the block, Phil refused to double-team Tim to get the ball out of his hands,” Horry said. “And Dream was 20 times better than Tim Duncan.”
The rest of the exchange, which can be seen above and in For The Win’s transcription of the segment, featured host Rachel Nichols realizing this and questioning Horry taking a jab at the Big Fundamental. This led to Big Shot Bob comparing Olajuwon and Duncan in practice, bringing up an “extra level” that was brought to the table, along with asking the panel who they’d want in the end of a game?
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Stephen Jackson, part of The Jump, said “Duncan.” So Horry used free throw shooting to differentiate Duncan and Olajuwon for who’s better in late game situations.
Then, there’s this comment on Manu Ginobili. It came after Paul Pierce brought up Horry possibly having more rings “if [Michael] Jordan didn’t retire:”
“Let me just say this: You got yours because, if Manu Ginobili would have did the things he was supposed to do, I would have had like 10 championships.”
An interesting turn of events, to say the least. Horry didn’t get prompted to make comments about Duncan and Ginobili like this, so maybe it’s something he’s been waiting to say for a while. The comments on Duncan weren’t necessarily saying he’s not an all-time great, but the comparison showed who Horry favored. Ginobili is a different story, however.
Were Horry’s comments out of bounds? Does what he said hold any water?