SI's Jack McCallum just published an article about the Suns-Spurs series that includes an intriguing peek into the mind of Robert Horry. As every NBA fan knows, Horry's blood runs cold during the playoffs, evidenced by his penchant for hitting dagger-like three-point bombs and his nickname, "Big Shot Rob." (NBA.com has a page dedicated to Horry's big shots, including commentary and video). But what's he really like? McCallum's insight into this comes from the Game 1 collision between Steve Nash and Tony Parker.
An air of civility surrounded Game 1, an atmosphere that grew out of the mutual respect the franchises have for each other. There were Duncan and Suns veteran Kurt Thomas sumo wrestling for position down low, then patting each other on the back during a break in play. There was Nash, unaware that he was soon to suffer a TKO, bending down in concern as Parker lay on the court after their collision, a kinder response than Parker got from teammate Robert Horry, who said, "Get up, that's not even your blood."
Funny, that's exactly what I was thinking when I saw Parker writhing around. One thing is clear: Nash and Horry are both gamers. [Thx, Henry]