Robert Horry: Phil Jackson Started the Kobe Bryant-Shaquille O’Neal Feud (Audio)

The feud we are all so familiar with that involves Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal has done a tremendous job of withstanding the test of time. Just when you think the two might finally be over it, a new freestyle rap video or some other type of information always pops up. At this point, it is played out. However, Robert Horry did offer an interesting take on the subject during a recent visit to Russia for a student league All-Star game.

“I think Phil Jackson started that rift,” Horry said in an interview with Russian website Sports.ru that was translated to English. “Because there was a lot of times when as a team we would come to practice and after practice there’s coach, ‘Hey, Kobe said this about Shaq, Shaq said this about Kobe.’ And we were looking, like, ‘How can this be? We were just in the locker room yesterday, laughing and joking with each other. You know, them two laughing and joking with each other.’ Phil always liked to have controversy.

“I tell people all the time, if you go back and you watch the championships, you can always tell who was close on a team, because they are the first ones that hug each other. And Shaq and Kobe were always the first ones to hug each other if we won a championship. So that can solve your rift problem right there. I think it was all media hype for them two to just start some crap.”

The interview was conducted in English and then translated to Russian before being transcribed back to English. For that reason, much of the interview could have been taken out of context.  However, Rush’n Hoops did some nice investigative work and got a hold of the corresponding audio clip for the quotes above to assure everyone that they are accurate. Here is the audio from that segment of the interview:

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Robert Horry: Spurs Would Beat Larry’s Celtics and Magic’s Lakers

Has Robert Horry done lost his mind as my buddy Jorge Sedano put it? Would this Spurs team really take it to the 80s Celtics and 80s Lakers? Is it entirely possible? Robert Horry will be double-fisting rings after this series is over. He’ll have more brass than Michael Jordan. If anyone knows something about championships, it’s him. But has he gone crazy in telling Yahoo! Sports that the Spurs could beat Larry Legend’s Celtics and Magic’s Showtime Lakers?

“We would beat them,” he boasted.

“No disrespect to the guys back in the 80’s and the 70’s, but the guys now are so much better than those guys,” Horry said. “I don’t care what they say. If you look at old films, guys only went right. They turned and kept it in their right hand. Look at the things LeBron (James) can do, Tim (Duncan) can do, Tony (Parker) can do, Manu (Ginobili) can do. Little (Daniel) Gibson over there. There’s no way you can compare those guys. We watched what they did and expanded on that.”

Gotta love Big Shot Rob stirring the pot here. I know Horry’s playing with some special athletes, and LeBron might be one of a kind, but you telling me what these guys are doing now wasn’t seen in the 80s? Maybe way back in the day, sure. 20 years ago they weren’t windmill dunking, but it was still a good, athletic game. And forget what Bob says, there isn’t anything Daniel Gibson is doing that someone else didn’t do in the 80s. Please Horry, that was a terrible example. So that’s some great finals fodder to take us away from the dynasty discussion. Are the Spurs a better team than those 80s squads like he says?

Amare Stoudemire Should Be Suspended, Robert Horry Is a Genius

Thanks to MJD at FanHouse for the video. He also did a great post on this as well.

Let’s get this out of the way first — the Suns beat the Spurs Monday night in Game 4 in San Antonio 104-98, tying the series at 2-2. San Antonio had as big of a lead as 10 points with 8 minutes left in the game. They missed 9 of their last 10 shots, including their final six to end the game. But the turning point of the series came with 18 seconds left, when the Suns were up 100-97. Steve Nash was bringing the ball up the court on the right sideline, and took a forearm shiver from Robert Horry that sent him flying into the wall aligning the scorer’s table. There’s no doubt it was a dirty, flagrant foul by Horry, that got him ejected from the game. But man, was that cheap shot by Horry one of the smartest things he’s ever done. Just a genius move by the veteran.

Upon getting decked and over-dramatizing the fall, Nash bounced back up onto his feet like the cute little kid in 6th grade who wants a piece of the much larger 8th grader. Horry sent another cheap shot to Raja Bell, and by that time, the Suns bench began to empty. First came Boris Diaw who actually was on his way back to the bench before the coaches came out to shepherd him back to safety. Next came Amare Stoudemire. Stoudemire differed from Diaw; if the assistant coaches weren’t there to stop him and bring him back to the bench, Amare would’ve joined the scuffle. After the game, Stoudemire put on his best poker face to explain his side of the story (at the podium):

I was definitely going to check in. Coach Mike told me to check in on the foul. I was on my way up there.

Bullshit. Amare was on his way to the scrum, ready to take up for his point guard. He was lucky that the Suns’ coaching staff pushed him away as they were completely cognizant of the fact that Stoudemire would be slapped with a suspension for leaving the bench. Charles Barkley said on TNT’s post-game show that it would be a travesty if Stoudemire and Diaw were suspended. Barkley also felt that the initial reaction of a player is to jump off the bench and help a teammate — something with which I agree. But as Shaq said — the law’s the law. So until the rule is changed, Amare needs to be suspended for a game — albeit, for a stupid rule. He was not on the way to the scorer’s table to check in, and he was about to rumble if his coaches hadn’t stopped him. And unfortunately for Phoenix, that impulsive move by Amare to protect his teammate will cost them the series. And that my friends, is why the cheap-shotting Robert Horry is a genius.