SAN ANTONIO -- Robert Horry left Los Angeles with at least four valuable souvenirs from his six-plus years with the Lakers -- three championship rings and a playbook.
The rings are history, but the San Antonio Spurs will likely tap into Horry's insight on the Lakers, not to mention the postseason shooting touch Horry became known for with Los Angeles.
The teams open a best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series today. Game 2 is Wednesday in San Antonio.
"I know their plays -- I can help our team out when they call something," said Horry, who signed with the defending champion Spurs last summer after the Lakers declined to pick up his $5.3 million option. Horry, nicknamed Big Shot Bob by former teammate Kobe Bryant because of his timely shooting in the playoffs, was an important cog in the Lakers' three straight championships from 2000-02. But he struggled in last year's playoffs for the Lakers, shooting 2 for 38 on 3-pointers. One of those misses is one of the most remembered shots in Spurs history. With the Western Conference semifinals tied, 2-2, San Antonio had squandered a 25-point lead to the Lakers in Game 5, but was clinging to a 96-94 advantage in the waning seconds.
Horry was wide open when he got the ball behind the 3-point line on the left wing. He let go a shot that appeared on target, but the ball rattled around inside the rim and bounced out.
David Robinson grabbed the rebound with three seconds left to preserve the win for the Spurs, who wrapped up the series one game later.
Horry says his Spurs teammates still talk about that shot, but he doesn't.
"What am I going to say -- `Whoa, I almost sent y'all home,' " he said. "They got the most important thing."