“Ball came to me and so did Chris Webber – but he was too late”


Former NBA player Robert Horry was never a big star in the NBA. His best season average in points – 12. His career averages – 7 ppg and 4.8 rpg. And yet, Horry has seven NBA titles and has “killed” a lot of NBA teams with clutch shooting throughout his career.

Sacramento Bee has recently spoken to Horry, about his buzzer-beater against the Sacramento Kings during Game 4 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals, when the Kings faced the LA Lakers.

Horry’s shot tied the series 2-2 and shifted all momentum back towards Los Angeles, which eventually won the NBA title that year – Horry’s fourth NBA title.

“I’ve had people tell me that was the most devastating moment in Sacramento,” said Horry, the former L.A. Lakers power forward, on the phone from Houston where he lives. “I started laughing when I heard that. It was just a shot.”

When asked about that play, Horry chuckled at the suggestion that he was out of position.

“We ran that play all the time,” Horry said. “I went to my favorite spot and waited to see if someone would kick it out. I was just watching for a minute but I never left my position. The ball came to me and so did Chris Webber – but he was too late.”

When asked if he knows what his buzzer beater means to people in Sacramento, Horry’s answer was plain and simple.

“I hope that people don’t hate me as a person or a player,” he said. “It was a great moment in the history of the NBA, even though you just happened to be on that bad end of it. … I was just doing my job.”

The Houston Rockets selected Horry out of Alabama with the 11th overall pick in the 1992 draft. Throughout his career, Horry played for the Rockets, Phoenix Suns, LA Lakers and San Antonio Spurs, finishing his career with 7 NBA titles.

In total, Horry played in 1107 NBA games (481 started), averaging 7 ppg, 4.8 rpg in 24.5 minutes of playing time.


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