Legendary coach Rudy Tomjanovich and 7x champion Robert Horry have a special relationship, even to this day. Tomjanovich recently used the big stage during his enshrinement speech at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to advocate for Horry to be inducted into the basketball shrine.
“I want to speak up for Robert Horry to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. He is truly a legendary player. He made so many clutch shots. He’s got seven rings to prove it. This is where he belongs”, Rudy said.Rudy Tomjanovich, Hall of Fame speech
Now, Rudy has sat with Horry on his podcast to discuss other topics, such as their time in Houston. Tomjanovich said the scouting reports for Horry were inaccurate at the time. Fortunately, coach Tomjanovich didn’t just take others’ word for it.
“It wasn’t hard for us to make you our pick. We’ve had a scouting report that said ‘he doesn’t come back in defense.‘ But I’ve seen you play, and I don’t know what that guy was looking at.”Rudy Tomjanovich, Big Shot Bob Pod
Tomjanovich also revealed that the Rockets had to hide their Horry pick in the 1992 draft because they didn’t want somebody to take him before them. Teams use all sorts of counterespionage to hide their true intentions, including lying to your former boss.
“Only a few people know that our organization didn’t tell anybody about Robert Horry. We didn’t want them to prepare because you were a hot commodity at the time. So I worked for Don Chaney for five years, and we had a good relationship, but he had never called me at home. And then right before he hangs up, he says: ‘What about that guy from Alabama?‘, and I say ‘Sprewell?‘. I was very scared that he would say Horry, and he even mispronounced it. And I said: ‘Oh, he can do nothing.‘ Then an ex-teammate of mine who was a coach in the league calls and said that Harold Miner would be available, so my whole staff went cheering. And then we picked Horry in the draft. We couldn’t let them take Robert away in front of us, so I had to lie to my boss Chaney, who called me later and said that I owe him for that.”Rudy Tomjanovich, Big Shot Bob Pod
And from this perspective, Tomjanovich and the Rockets scored a jackpot with Horry, who had a memorable NBA career. However, will he end up in the Hall of Fame is still unknown. Some say he deserves it, while others think that he isn’t a Hall of Fame material. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.