Sam Cassell “loses his voice”, while Horry and Tomjanovich receive awards

rudy-tomjanovichThe Legends Brunch traditionally honors former NBA players and coaches who worked in, hail from or shared some other connection with the All-Star city each year.

This year, the 14th Annual NBA Legends Brunch saw over 1,500 retired players, their families and fans attending the event, which is hosted by the National Basketball Retired Players Association – a non-profit association comprised of former NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters players.

This year, the “Hometown Hero Award” went to Robert Horry. Horry, known as “Big Shot Bob,” was part of the Rockets’ title-winning teams in 1994 and 1995, then won five more rings with the Lakers and the Spurs.

7-time NBA Champion Robert Horry won seven NBA championships with three teams in 16 NBA seasons.

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.

Horry helped the Rockets win NBA championships in 1994 and ’95, then he won three straight championships with LA Lakers in 2000-2001-2002, and then two more with the Spurs in 2005 and 2007.

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

In an ironic twist, the former teammate who was supposed to introduce Horry – Sam Cassell, known for his motormouth tendencies on and off the court – needed an assist from TNT announcer and emcee Ernie Johnson because Cassell lost his voice somewhere during All-Star festivities.

The “Houston Rockets Lifetime Achievement Award” was given to former Houston Rockets player and head coach Rudy Tomjanovich.

A five-time All-Star as a rockets player and coach of the two championship teams, Tomjanovich joked that when he was drafted in 1971, the NBA ranked fourth in popularity in Houston behind football, baseball and “bull-riding.” “Now the city is hosting its third All-Star Game,” he said.


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