Former NBA player and the seven-time champion, Robert Horry made a guest appearance on the Knuckleheads podcast, where he talked about numerous things from his illustrious career. Throughout his career, Horry established himself as a clutch shooter capable of delivering in moments his teams needed him the most. He was never a volume scorer or someone who would carry the team in every single game, but when it came to crunch moments, the ball was often in his hands, and Horry delivered like no other.
Horry touched upon some of his favorite clutch shots from his career, and the first one he remembers is from game 7 against the Seattle Supersonics in the 1993 western conference semifinals. With under 40 seconds left in the game, Horry made a crucial shot that got Rockets the lead, but they eventually lost to the Sonics in overtime. Horry remembers this shot as a confidence booster because it was the first time he was trusted by his teammates to make a big shot.
I think for me, the first one, not number one, but the first one was when I was with the Rockets when we were playing Seattle. It was game 7, and I hit a jumper from the corner to send us in the OT. That shot doesn’t get talked about, but on a personal note, you know, it’s a confidence booster, and it had to go along with that me believing in myself. You know, getting traded and doing all these kinds of stuff.Robert Horry, via Knuckleheads Podcast
Another big shot Horry fondly remembers is against the San Antonio Spurs in the western conference finals when he was guarded by Dennis Rodman throughout most of the game. Horry had a bad shooting game, but he stepped up big time and sealed a win in game 1 against the Spurs, and the Rockets eventually won the championship that year.
But in the end, you have to believe in yourself because nobody else will, and it gave me confidence. For me, to then go from that. We’re playing San Antonio in the western conference finals, and I’m like 0-6 in that game. You know Dennis Rodman was leaving me cause I wasn’t knocking any shots down. End of the game, you gotta focus and for me to pump-fake the ball to Sam in the corner, then taking a dribble in a knocking down that shot and win that game against San Antonio. All confidence boosters to get to my all-time favorite.Robert Horry, via Knuckleheads Podcast
The most popular clutch shot in Horry’s career came when he was a member of the Los Angeles Lakers in the western conference finals against the Sacramento Kings. It was game 4, and the Lakers were down 2-1 in the series having the last possession, and it was none other than Horry, who delivered another clutch shot that tied the series up. The Lakers would eventually win the series in 7 games, but who knows what could have happened if it wasn’t for Horry to step up big time when his team needed him the most.
Game 4 for the western conference championship against Sacramento Kings. You know, growing up a Laker fan to do that in front of your fans because all those other shots were done on the road. For me, walking into the Staples Center, they didn’t chant my name that often because it was always Kobe, Shaq, you know, and then to be able to knock down that three in a pivotal game. Tied games up two-two and to have those fans chant my name, that’s the only shot that I could see on the replay that gives me the goosebumps just watching it. To do that at home, in a playoff game, you know that’s the number one shot.Robert Horry, via Knuckleheads Podcast
Throughout his career, Horry built a name for himself as a reliable power forward capable of playing great defense and, on top of that, deliver big shots in the most crucial moments for his team. Some of the most favorite shots he mentioned in the interview are probably less known to younger NBA fans. Still, the matter of the fact is that Horry is one of those guys who might not make a single shot in the entire game, but when the game was on the line, he came through so many times no wonder his nickname was ‘Big Shot Bob.’