Detroit Pistons: The All-time most hated team
Power Forward: Robert Horry
Robert Horry was a role player for several teams. He was never a huge scorer, never an All-Star, and never in the running for any sort of individual awards. But he has seven rings, the most of anyone who never played for Boston. All the other players listed have made at least one All-Star Game and were considered very good, but not Horry. Horry was not an 82-game player, he was a 16-game player. In the playoffs, he became a totally different man.
They didn’t call him Big Shot Bob for no reason.
In the 2005 NBA Finals, the series was tied 2-2 going into game five. The Pistons were up by two with seconds left, and Tayshaun Price and Rasheed Wallace had Manu Ginobili cornered after getting the inbound pass. That left Big Shot open, and he earned his name, splashing a three with 5.8 seconds left, giving the Spurs the series lead. They would go on to win in seven games.
Unlike the other three players so far, Horry never really said anything that would inspire hate off the court. He just beat the Detroit Pistons when it mattered. In a way, that makes the haet the fans feel purer, maybe even more real. We didn’t read about the shot in the newspaper like we did with the comments Jordan and Bird made, we watched Horry tear our team’s heart out on TV right in front of us.
I write for Piston Powered, but I am a Spurs fan. Sorry, everyone, we got the best of you, and it gives me a lot of pleasure to include Big Shot Bob on this list. Mr. Big Shot Chauncey Billups never got the best of my team…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Jonah has been fired.