Lakers forward Robert Horry, one of our NBA.commentators for NBA Playoffs 2001, answered questions from fans before Game 3 against the Spurs. The Lakers lead the Western Conference Finals 2-0.
Are you using the Spurs sweep of the Lakers in 1999 as motivation?
"Yeah, we're using that as a motivating factor. You always have to pick out things to motivate you. That's one of the things we're using because they swept us and went on the win the championship. We felt like we didn't have a good series or a good rhythm and we got beat. Do unto others as they do unto you!"
With a 2-0 lead in the series has your mindset changed?
"The mindset is the same. We're going out and taking it one game at a time. We're not looking forward to doing anything other than playing the upcoming game. That's the only way you can win these days. You can't look down the road. You've got to live in the present and take care of business today."
What were you thinking when Phil Jackson was ejected in Game 2?
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"It added fuel to the fire. We felt like we were on the short end of the stick in terms of calls. With our general being gone, we went out, focused a little bit more in that hostile environment and took it to them."
You guys have done a terrific job offensively and defensively on the Spurs. Did you expect to be heading home with a 2-0 lead?
"We expected to go in there and get at least one win. When we got the first, we tried to get that second win. We just went out there and played extremely hard. We felt like we could play good if we put the pressure on them."
Robert, Is there anything behind you shaving the "mini Elvis
sideburns?" Are they good luck?
"I like to change my facial hair every series and try different things. It's just something I like to do."
Hi Robert, I just wanted you to know that you are da bomb! My question
for you, during any game do you ever feel nervous? Why?
"I feel nervous right before the game, but once the buzzer sounds and the ball is tipped up, it usually goes away."