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Hickok SportsThoughts

Sports historian and author Ralph Hickok of www.hickoksports.com sometimes meanders on about current happenings in sports and sometimes looks back in languor.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Horry for Hall? Not Here

Largely on the strength of one shot, a lot of people suddenly seem to feel that Robert Horry belongs in the Basketball Hall of Fame as soon as he becomes eligible, if not sooner.
That one shot, of course, was the three-pointer he hit to win the fifth game of the NBA finals for the San Antonio Spurs.
Sure, it was a big shot. Without it, the Spurs may well have lost not just that game, but the series and the championship, to the Pistons.
It was probably as big the famous Bucky Dent home run that won the 1978 American League pennant for the New York Yankees. But that didn't lead to a big campaign to elect Bucky to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
I know, that's a bit of an unfair comparison. Dent hit only one memorable home run in his career, while Horry has hit several memorable three-point shots.
But the comparison is apt in this respect: If Dent hadn't hit that home run, no one would have noticed. Just as no one seems to notice when Horry misses a big shot, as happens pretty often.
In fact, Horry has missed 415 three-point shots in the playoffs. They weren't all big shots, of course, but some of them were. His three-point shooting percentage in the playoffs is only .363, which is mediocre, at best. (The percentage for the entire NBA last season was .355.)
This isn't meant as a knock on Horry. I like him, and I wouldn't mind having him on my team if I owned an NBA title contender.
But, I'm sorry, he's not a legitimate Hall of Fame candidate. Not even close.