That's pretty awesome.
Is eight years enough to make the Hall of Fame? Probably not, although his ninth and 10th seasons were strong, just not epic.
Throw in the NBA championship, an Olympic gold medal and being a three-time All-American at Georgetown, it's enough for Mourning.
Again, much like Webber, he's no gimme. He was great, but never dominant short of those two seasons. Mourning might not get first-ballot love, but he's a Hall of Famer.
If you didn't buy Mourning's argument with a small, early sample size, you might as well scroll down now.
After bursting on the NBA scene with comparisons to Magic Johnson in one hand, and Chris Rock commercials in the other, Hardaway played basically nine true full seasons due to a myriad of injuries.
In the first six healthy seasons, Lil Penny had averages of 18.6 ppg, 6.1 apg and 1.9 steals per game. Hardaway made four All-Star teams and three All-NBA teams, including two first-team nods, and had two top-10 finishes in MVP voting.
Hardaway's career flew out of the gate, but his knee halted it quickly.
The body of work just isn't there for Penny to make the Hall of Fame.
He didn't make a single All-Star team. Never got a vote for MVP, nor did he ever sniff an All-NBA team.
So why is Horry under Hall of Fame consideration?
There are six players in the history of the sport who have won more NBA titles than Horry's seven. All six are in the Hall of Fame (to be fair, Tom "Satch" Sanders is in as a contributor, not a player). In fact, Horry and Jim Loscutoff are the only players with at least six titles not in the Hall of Fame.
Horry was a critical member of each of those championship squads. You don't get the moniker "Big Shot" Bob for being a mop-up guy at the end of the bench. Horry hit several humongous 3-point shots during his tenure with the Lakers and Spurs (he was in his first two seasons when the Houston Rockets won, but Horry started for both teams).
Is that enough?
Probably not, but it's a fun debate. If winning is the true barometer of greatness, then Horry merits a conversation. Was he as important as Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal or Tim Duncan? Duh, of course not, but he was a top-five contributor.
Problem for Horry is precedent.
Loscutoff was a member of Bill Russell's 1960s Boston Celtics teams. He was not a huge star and his seven rings weren't enough to warrant selection.
Guys like Michael Cooper and Kurt Rambis from the Showtime Lakers aren't in the Hall. Neither are Ron Harper or Steve Kerr from more modern times. Role players, no matter how many big shots drained, are not welcome.
And Horry was a role player with a knack for the moment. Sorry, Big Shot.
- In my research, here a few names I think are Hall-worthy, remembering the Naismith Hall of Fame is all-encompassing: Toni Kukoc and Vlade Divac (foreign), Christian Laettner (best college player I've ever seen), and Mitch Richmond and Kevin Johnson as NBA players.
- Michael Beasley frustrates me so. He has squandered so much money with his off-court nonsense. This one-year contract with the Miami Heat is wise for the defending champions because the upside is LeBron James and Pat Riley can keep him in check and he scores. The downside is he acts up and gets cut 10 seconds later and his NBA career becomes a punch line.
- I don't care what Dennis Rodman does in North Korea. Stay if you love it so much.
- Movie moment - Looking forward to "The Family" with Robert De Niro. It takes a big man to reinvent himself late in his career and De Niro is doing just that by playing a mobster. I say "Bravo!"
- TV moment - I am no expert on the business of television. Sure, I know a few things about some shows, but have no idea how to improve ratings, especially in morning television as my viewing habits revolve around Sprout. However, if I was attempting to gain viewers for my network's morning show, which was No. 1 in the ratings since the Second Continental Congress and recently passed by another show, I would not bring in Carson Daly. Good Luck, "Today Show."