Ex-San Antonio Spurs forward Robert Horry continues to reveal much about his time with the Spurs.
While on the "Road Trippin'" podcast hosted by former Spur Richard Jefferson, Horry claimed that established players coming into the team have to "dumb down" their play to be successful.
But "Big Shot Bob" didn't stop there.
As the topic of the Spurs continued, Horry spoke on the infamous Derek Fisher ".4" shot in the 2004 postseason versus the Lakers. As he remembered the play, he stated he felt Head Coach Gregg Popovich was to blame for how that game unfolded.
Transcribed via FTW:
“The funny part is if I’d have did what I wanted to do, we would’ve won that game.
“So Pop doesn’t like Kobe. He was like, ‘I don’t like him. I don’t want him to hit a game-winner,’ and so he says, ‘Rob, when Kobe comes off, just guard him.’
“I was like, ‘No, you want the ball to go away from the basket.’
“Where I was standing, Kobe comes off, I actually did this, ‘One thousand one, no I shouldn’t do it, (expletive) it, I gotta do what the coach says.’
“So I run over to Kobe, the spot I leave, kicks it right to Fish, Fish catches and turns. I’m looking to Pop the whole time like, ‘See, if you make ’em throw ’em out that way, away from the basket, going this way and turning,’ I’m like, ‘Really?’
“I was just shaking my head, and after that. It was a wrap.”
That shot all but ended the Spurs title run in 2004 and a chance for the team to finally win back-to-back titles.
However, in the end, a team wins together and loses together. Horry can place blame on everyone but at the end of the day, Pop didn't lose it, the Spurs as a whole did. That is what the team concept is all about.
That and not to mention some phenomenal luck by Fisher.
Horry went on to joke that he didn't ask for Pop to be fired after the loss because in reality, Pop is the team General Manager.
Then, Horry was jokingly asked if he told the general manager to fire Pop after the game. Horry said no, and his reasoning was that Popovich is the real GM and “the other guy’s just a figurehead.”
It needs to be stressed, Horry didn't completely bash San Antonio. On the show he did praise the organization, Tim Duncan and much more.