The evaluation of players due to the number of rings on their fingers has a been long-used method to measure a star’s greatness. Robert Horry, who has won seven titles during his 16 seasons in the league, is here to say those chips don’t mean literal greatness.
The always-blunt Horry said as much during the California Strong charity softball game on Sunday:
“All these other idiots who don’t play basketball and never played basketball, when they say you wanna judge a guy’s greatness by number of championships … they’re idiots,” Horry told TMZ Sports.
While championships should have some weight in the conversation, Robert Horry argued it shouldn’t disqualify players that fell short of that achievement.
“Here’s the thing that people are so stupid about. They measure great players by how many championships they win. It’s the stupidest thing,” he said.
There is a myriad of factors that revolve around the chance to win an NBA title: roster construction, coaching, chemistry, path to the playoffs, etc. Horry, who’s won titles with the Houston Rockets (1994, 1995), Los Angeles Lakers (2000-02), and the San Antonio Spurs (2005, 2007), ensured to drop some names to make his case.
“That’s like saying Karl Malone, Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing are not great players.”