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Clutch City: Robert Horry

POSTED: Jun 4, 2015 1:39 PM ET

By Fran Blinebury


Even as a youngster with the Rockets, Robert Horry showed a knack for making clutch plays and big buckets.

"Clutch City" will air at 9 p.m. ET Monday, June 8, on NBA TV. Produced by the Sports Emmy Award-winning NBA TV Originals, "Clutch City" examines the Houston Rockets' 1993-94 and 1994-95 NBA Championship teams.

These are the then-and-now stories of some of the standout players from those teams:

Name: Robert Horry

Position: Forward

Stats in 1993-94 season: 9.9 ppg, 2.9 apg, 5.4 rpg, 1.5 spg

Stats in 1994-95 season: 10.2 ppg, 3.4 apg, 5.1 rpg, 1.5 spg

His part in Clutch City: The legend of "Big Shot Rob" began when Horry was drafted with the No. 11 pick by the Rockets in 1992. From there, he wasted little time showing that he could make shots and be a big-time wing defender. His 3-point range made him one of the NBA's first "stretch fours" and was a key in spacing the floor for the offense that coach Rudy Tomjanovich constructed around Hakeem Olajuwon. Horry was traded (along with Matt Bullard) to Detroit in February 1994 for Sean Elliott, but the deal was nullified when Elliott couldn't pass a physical. When he returned to Houston, Horry was fearless and embarked on a career of winning games with last-second shots. The back-to-back titles with the Rockets were the first of seven he would win in his career (three with Lakers, two with Spurs) the most by any player in NBA history who isn't Bill Russell or one of his teammates.

After Clutch City: He was traded to Phoenix in 1996 along with Sam Cassell, Chucky Brown and Mark Bryant for Charles Barkley and retired after the 2008 season. Horry is a commentator for Lakers telecasts on Time Warner Cable SportsNet in Los Angeles and also runs Robert Horry Center For Sports and Physical Rehabilitation with a main location in his hometown of Sugar Land, Texas.