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As we draw closer to crowning a Champion for the 2012 season, we all will begin to explore what it will take for each team to attain the ultimate goal.

Some will say the more efficient offense, others will say the stronger defense. The easiest answer will be “the team with the best bench”, which is partially correct, in my opinion. To win the title every team needs that one player who steps up in the most unlikely moment. Every Championship team needs a “Big Shot” Bob.

Robert “Big Shot Bob” Horry played 16 seasons in the National Basketball Association, winning seven championships, the most of any player not to have played on the 1960s Boston Celtics. He is one of only two players to have won NBA championships with three different teams: two with the Houston Rockets, three with the Los Angeles Lakers and two with the San Antonio Spurs. He has regular season career averages of 7.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Nothing impressive. He has never been the 2nd, or even 3rd, best player on any of his teams. But yet, any team would’ve been glad to have him, and he earned the nickname “BIG SHOT”. Horry was the definition of the word “CLUTCH”. You can look at each path to his 7 Championships, and see where his expertise comes in handy. Time after time, when his team needed a big shot, a clutch 3-pointer, or a go-ahead basket, Horry was their man. When the opposing team was busy game planning around the “superstars”, Horry was willing and capable of of being the bailout plan…..and he did it well.

Every Championship team needs a “Big Shot” Bob. Jordan didn’t hit many game winning shots in his 6 title trips. He had John Paxton, and later, Steve Kerr. Though Shaq and Kobe were the face of the Lakers franchise for years, they had Robert Horry and Derrick Fisher to drain those game saving buckets. Even though the Spurs have three future Hall-of-Famers on their roster, we still can credit their rings to the services of Robert Horry and Steve Kerr. None of these teams needed another “star”, just somebody willing and able to show up in big moments.

As we watch this season’s Finals, the question is who will be “THAT GUY” for each of these teams? We know what each team’s all-stars are capable of doing, but who will be that big shot guy be. That is truly what LeBron has never had on any of his Playoff runs. Never the guy who can hit the clutch play once the defense focuses on the most talented player in the court. So far, in this Finals, Shane Battier seems to want to be that guy, but can he? On the other side, backup PG Derrick Fisher has don’t it time and time again at his previous place of employment, but can he do it now? You can have all the stars in the world, but every team needs a “BIG SHOT” BOB.

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  1. Micheal Robinson says:

    As a fellow sports enthusiasts, I agree with you that Robert Horry or “Big Shot Bob” was the definition of clutch in tight situations. To answer the proposed question of who will be the “Big Shot Bob” of this NBA finals, I offer several POTENTIAL candidates.

    For the Miami heat I believe there are several players who have the ability to hit big shots in the right situation. Shane Battier and James Jones. Though Jones has been all but nonexistent in the playoffs this year, his ability to hit big shots is still there. Both James and Battier have high career averages .400 and .380 from deep and are legitimate perimeter threats. Of the two, I would be more comfortable with the ball in Battier’s hands solely because of how he is shooting right now.

    On the other side of the ball with OKC, the responsibility rest soley with Derrick Fisher. Throughout his long and respectable career in the league, Fisher has proven himself as a big shot threat. His career 3pt average is .373 which is lower than the two Miami players however, experience and confidence trumps all. Fisher’s calm demeanor and multiple playoff appearances gives him the unique ability to be the big shot threat for his team.

  2. E says:

    AND MIGHT I ADD….SHANE BATTIER AND MARIO CHALMERS ARE BEING THOSE GUYS RIGHT NOW. OKC CAN AFFORD FOR LEBRON AND WADE TO DO WHAT THEY DO. YOU CAN’T LET THESE OTHER PLAYERS GET 25 ALSO!

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