This is an interesting topic. Robert Horry recently came out and said some great things about his own career, how he wants to go out and when he wants to retire. Basically, he’s ready to give it another go and wants to contribute more than leaving his career on a playoff ‘DNP’ decision. And with that, Horry is set to become a free agent July 1.
There is no question the miles have added up over the years. In fact, no other player in NBA history has played in more NBA post-season games than Horry. However, Rob is indisputably the definition of clutch and most certainly is more than valued within the city of Angels. While I personally feel it shouldn’t be priority #1 for the Lakers, if potential-FA players like Posey and/or Artest get missed, why not?
Recently, Robert Horry sat down with a Houston reporter and had a few things to say:
“I don’t want to retire, especially after a year like I had last year,” Horry told KRIV-TV in Houston. “I know I could have had a better year. The year started off crazy for me with family issues and then it ended crazy for me getting hurt right at the end of the season.”
“I didn’t get a full season in like I wanted to see if it’s really time for me to retire. My last game I want to walk off the court sweating. My last game so far I walked off the court with a DNP (did not play) and I don’t want it to happen that way.”
“It’s not about breaking the bank,” Horry said. “I just want the minimum. I’ve made enough money. I just like being with the guys and competing and having fun.”
So again, if Horry – and it’s apparent he understands he wants to come back to play, not for money – signs for cheap, why not offer it to the veteran? There are many questions I ask to you, Lakers Nation, such being, does he fill a void the Lakers truly need? Does he have anything left in the tank? Would you, at the end of the day, even want him (you’re sort of crazy if you don’t)?
Robert Horry will always be known for the gritty player and the prototype for the perfect role player. His nickname, “Big Shot Rob,” doesn’t come without perhaps the most illustrious clutch resume in NBA history for a role player. He wants to show the love he has for the game of basketball, now should the Lakers show the love right back? If a cheap signing is agreed upon, why not bring Horry back home?
Lastly, I’ll leave all you Lakers fans with this, a video I cut years ago when Horry left us. Here is my own tribute to a player that will never leave my heart…
LD2k’s Robert Horry Tribute Video -