Robert Horry knows a thing or two about winning championships. In fact, he has won seven NBA titles. Horry won his first two titles playing with the Houston Rockets in 1994 and 1995.
The seven-time NBA champion is a firm believer that the Rockets still win the 1994 NBA title if Michael Jordan played that season.
A look at Robert Horry’s seven NBA titles
Horry was never a top scorer on the teams he played for, but he was known for hitting big shots. He had the opportunity to play for multiple teams throughout his career and win titles with three different teams. Horry entered the league in 1992 when the Rockets drafted him with the 11th pick in the NBA draft. During his first four years with Houston, Horry was a starter, and he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team after the 1992-93 season.
A year after his rookie season, Horry found himself playing for an NBA title. The Rockets went on to win the 1994 NBA title defeating the New York Knicks. Horry was already a champion after his second season. The next year Houston returned to the finals where they took on the Orlando Magic. Houston defeated Orlando to win back-to-back titles. After his third NBA season, Horry had two titles under his belt. Horry’s next title would come six years later when he was playing for the LA Lakers. He was in his fourth season with the Lakers, and they became a dynasty during the early 2000s.
The Lakers won three consecutive titles from 2000 to 2002, and Horry now had five NBA titles. Horry came to LA already winning two titles earlier in his career, and he went on to win three more, but he wasn’t done yet. He finished his career playing for the San Antonio Spurs and won two more titles there. Horry went on to win a title with every team that he played with except for one, which was the Phoenix Suns.
The 1993-94 Houston Rockets team had a lot of talent
It took seven games for the Rockets to defeat the Knicks in the 1994 NBA Finals. Houston arguably had the best player on the planet that year in Hakeem Olajuwon. Olajuwon dominated in the paint, and no one could stop him. That season he was named the MVP as he averaged 27.3 points and 11.9 rebounds per game. He continued that dominance during the playoffs and in the finals.
The Rockets had other talented players that helped the team win the championship as well. Vernon Maxwell, Sam Cassell, and Otis Thorpe all played at high-level during the finals, and so did Horry. Horry was third on the team in scoring during the finals averaging 10.3 points. During the regular season, the Rockets dominated the Western Conference finishing with a record of 58-24. They played well together as a team, and their hard work paid off.
The Rockets are still winning those titles in Horry’s mind
Michael Jordan did not play during the 1993-94 season, and the Chicago Bulls did not have a chance to compete for a fourth straight title. People wonder what would have happened if Jordan played that season. Well, Horry says he still thinks the Rockets win the title that year. Horry appeared on the ‘Knuckleheads’ podcast hosted by former NBA players Darius Miles and Quentin Richardson.
Not only did Horry say they would still win the title in 1994, he said they would win it in 1995 as well. Now Jordan didn’t play the full season with the Bulls in 1995, but he played in the playoffs when they lost to the Orlando Magic. Horry talked about how the Rockets dominated the Bulls during the regular season during those years and still would not have had anyone to stop Olajuwon. No one will ever know what would have happened if Jordan played, but in Horry’s mind, the Rockets are still winning those titles.