Former San Antonio Spurs forward Robert Horry was a guest on Cavs' Richard Jefferson's podcast, Road Trippin', when the two former Spurs talked about their playing time in San Antonio.
RJ started the segment questioning why established players who come into the Spurs' system struggle, like LaMarcus Aldridge, Mike Finley, Antonio McDyess,and Jefferson himself to name a few.
Immediately, Horry, who admits he struggled once he arrived in San Antonio, pointed to the fact established stars have to "dumb down" their game with the Spurs, which in turn hurts their performance.
"And I told Michael Finley, when he got there, I said Mike, let me tell you something... in order for you to be successful, you have to dumb your game down."
"You have to be a robot. Because when you get to San Antonio, they get A-B-C-D. If you try to go A-B-E, they look at you like what are you doing?"
RJ did say players who are successful in San Antonio are players that come through the system from the start like Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Kawhi Leonard. However, Jefferson did have sympathy for Aldridge and his struggles and can understand why he hasn't fit in.
It may come down to the old saying how one cannot teach an old dog new tricks. Players like Horry, Aldridge and Finley came into the Spurs with a measure of success. Instead of moving with the flow, perhaps they fought it.
Case in point Horry admitting he did not pay attention to Head Coach Gregg Popovich when he was yelled at.
"I remember one time Pop yelled at me and I just started laughing."
"You know I ain't going to pay your (expletive) attention."
It should be noted the team preaches how players have to check their egos at the door. If they do, success comes their way. Look at a player like Danny Green, who wasn't drafted by the Spurs but bought into the system and found success.
But when it comes right down to it, established stars do find success with the Spurs.
Finley won his only title in San Antonio, Horry won a couple with the Spurs and the list goes on and on.
Maybe it's not about dumbing down ones game.
It's about sacrificing for the team.
Take a listen to the show where the two talk greatly about Duncan, Horry praising the Spurs during his time there, and more.