Robert Horry knows what he’s talking about. His seven NBA rings do a lot of convincing. But his most recent remark regarding Shaquille O’Neal and Hakeem Olajuwon have raised not a few eyebrows.
In a guesting on The Ringer, Horry said it’s Olajuwon over Shaq all day (via Lakers Nation).
“Hakeem was better. Shaq was more dominant, but Hakeem was better. I think Dream had more talent. Shaq had handles, but Dream had a little bit better handles. Dream could shoot free throws, and we all know about Shaq’s free throws. He had a fadeaway.”
We can hear countless Los Angeles Lakers fanatics groaning in disbelief.
If you could pick between Hakeem or Shaq to join your team, who are you choosing and why? pic.twitter.com/7DgcEZ8kKx
— The Ringer (@ringer) June 9, 2021
Shaq was indeed more menacing, but as Horry also pointed out, Olajuwon’s skill set was far more superior to The Big Diesel’s. The two-time NBA champion had a bevy of post moves due to his legendary footwork. He’s also a more agile defender, can run the floor better, and a better passer. Oh, and The Dream can make his free throws.
It’s also difficult, however, to discount Shaq’s legacy. His dominance had a huge impact, literally and figuratively, in forcing the NBA to alter some of its rules. For a good stretch, he was the most unstoppable force in the entire world of sports. Going against Shaq was like getting trampled by 5,000 angry elephants with flames shooting out of their trunks. Shaq also has two more rings than Olajuwon.
But just like any NBA debate, perhaps there’s no definite answer. But kudos to Robert Horry for being honest and not giving a safe answer. After all, he played with both Shaquille O’Neal and Hakeem Olajuwon in his successful NBA career.