Beware: This is painful to watch. Just an absolutely brutal burn on Robert Horry’s part. In a recent episode of The Jump, Rachel Nichols had an All-Star panel consisting of Horry, Tracy McGrady, and ESPN’s Zach Lowe. As they were heading into a commercial break, McGrady sort of audibly marvels at the fact that Horry compiled a total of seven championship rings over the course of his truly blessed career, before sheepishly asking if he can have one.
Horry — who by virtue of his stars aligning was somehow fortunate enough to find a very modest role on multiple NBA dynasties, and instead of being gracious in that moment — decided to quip “nah, dawg, you gotta earn it.” And if the look on McGrady’s face after that isn’t enough to make you squirm, then we don’t know what to tell you. They couldn’t get to the commercial break fast enough for anyone’s taste, particularly Lowe.
Horry sort of tries to smooth things over by flippantly acknowledging that McGrady “did a lot of great things in the NBA,” but the damage had already been done. This is particularly rich coming from Horry, whose seven championships have become one of the biggest arguments against evaluating players’ careers based on the number of rings they acquired. The argument often goes something like “nobody in their right mind would claim Robert Horry was a better player than Tracy McGrady because he got more rings,” or something to that effect.