Robert Horry had the benefit of playing with many great players and teams over a career that saw him claim seven rings with three different teams. He played alongside Hakeem Olajuwon with the Houston Rockets, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili in San Antonio, and Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles.
So, Horry saw firsthand what Kobe was capable of doing during his peak years in the early 2000s. Bean was one of the most dominant perimeter players of his era and eventually won five titles. He’s scored more points than anyone not named Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and he’ll be inducted into Springfield in his first year of eligibility. But if given the choice, Horry still says he would choose 2016 Steph Curry over prime Kobe, at least on the offensive side of the ball.
Horry was a guest on Sirius XM NBA Radio, and when Justin Termine asked him who was the biggest offensive threat since Jordan, Horry pointed to Curry’s three-point shooting as the primary reason he would go with the reigning league MVP over the Black Mamba.
“Kobe in his prime really wasn’t that great of a three-point shooter. He was a drive, get-to-the-hole, dunk-on-you type of guy. Steph can drive and float you. He can shoot it from half court. You have to guard him at all times. You know with Kobe, back in like 2009, 2008 you could say Kobe was in his prime then but his three-point game, had nothing on Steph’s game. I think Steph is just, right now, he’s playing out of his mind. And the thing about it is, he’s averaging thirty points on a great team. Not a good team, a great team. So I would have to go with Steph.”
It’s certainly an interesting argument.