Former NBA player Robert Horry, knows a thing or two about championships, and players who deliver. The forward spent 17 seasons in the NBA playing on four different teams and tallying seven rings. One of those teams was the San Antonio Spurs. Horry recently recalled seeing Manu Ginobili up close and how great he was on the court.
Robert Horry Recalls Manu Going at Kobe
Horry was part of two of the Spurs’ championships, so that meant he got to see Ginobili as a teammate. However, he got a good lock at Manu ahead of that, back in the days when Horry was part of the Los Angeles Lakers. It was the 2002-03 season, and Manu Ginobili was officially a rookie with the Spurs after being away overseas for three seasons.
In fact, he remembers how fearless the young Spurs star was. He recalled that fearlessness was on display even against one of the best in the game, the late Kobe Bryant.
“Manu killed us. He was going at kobe, he wasn’t afraid of Kobe. He (Manu) was left handed and could get to the hole, shoot floaters, trying to dunk on people. He was a beast.”
Horry played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1996 through 2003, before leaving for the Spurs. However, he won three NBA titles in that time, teaming up with the Black Mamba and Shaq. That makes his praise for Ginobili that much more meaningful.
Horry Amazed by Ginobili’s Talent, Playing Freedom
Robert Horry’s comments about the former San Antonio Spurs star came during his appearance on the Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles podcast. Big Shot Bob also told the former NBA players that when he finally arrived as a member of the Spurs, how he got to see even more of Manu. He was even more impressed by his talent and fearless nature.
“When I got to the Spurs and got to watch him every day I saw how good he was. There wasn’t a shot he wouldn’t take, or a move he wouldn’t try because he had the confidence, no fear, and the ability to to make whatever shot he wanted.”
It’s clear Robert Horry was impressed by Manu Ginobili, and based on Horry’s own resume, the praise is quite meaningful. Not only did Horry play alongside greats like Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, but he also won two titles with the Houston Rockets. That team featured a number of talented players including Kenny Smith, Vernon Maxwell, Otis Thorpe, and the great Hakeem Olajuwon.
One other thing remains true as the Spurs will get their first NBA Draft Lottery pick since 1997; the team’s scouts and personnel have a knack for finding those talented players that many others may not see right away. Visit our Spurs news page to get more team and player updates.