Stars Have to Dumb Down Their Game With The Spurs
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
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?"
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."
But "Big Shot Bob" didn't stop there.
Horry blames Popovich for Derek Fisher's '.4' shot
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.
“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.”