If Robert Horry lands into India in mid-September wearing all of his championship rings, he could really leave our jyotishs in a tizzy. You know, those bogus astrologers who make people buy rings and gemstones for good luck? Well, Horry flipped the script on that theory. His good luck brought him the rings.
If there’s any player in NBA history who singularly defines ‘right place, right time,’ it’s Horry, whether finding himself in the right team in the championship hunt, or finding himself open for the right shot in the biggest moment to bring those teams closer to their championships.
Robert Horry has won more championships than some of the greatest players in NBA history, more than Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan, and Larry Bird. As a matter of fact, Robert Horry has won more NBA championships than anyone else in NBA history that didn’t play for the 1957-1969 Boston Celtics. Horry won two championships with the Rockets in 1994-1995, three with the Lakers from 2000-2002, and two with the Spurs in 2005 and 2007, for an awesome sum total of SEVEN. He played alongside some of the games greats and helped them seal championships, including Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaq, Kobe, Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker.
And now he’s coming to India.
Yes: as you may have already read a few days ago, Horry will be the featured guest in the Delhi NCR region for the launch of the NBA 3×3 tournaments on September 15-16, 2012. The tournaments will be held in Hyderabad, Chennai, and Mumbai too, but so far, Horry’s appearance has only been announced at the Great India Place in Noida near New Delhi.
No one with more NBA championship bling has stepped foot in our desh before, so this is definitely a big moment for NBA fans in the country. Horry enjoys a complicated legacy amongst the NBA’s greats: he won few individual accolades in the course of his career, he was never an All Star, he never scored more than 12 points a game or grabbed more than 7.5 rebounds a game in a season; and yet, he found a way to keep winning and keep hitting big shots. He will forever be remembered as one of the most clutch performers in NBA history. Despite retiring with modest career averages of 7.9 ppg and 5.6 rpg, he has played more playoff games (244) than any other player in NBA history. He played for four teams in his 16 year career, and the only team that he didn’t win a championship with were the Phoenix Suns, with whom he spent just one season.
You don’t need a jyotish to tell you that Robert Horry was the NBA’s greatest lucky charm. Let’s give ‘Big Shot Rob’ a champions welcome to India!