Now that Kobe Bryant has won his fifth NBA Championship, we can finally discuss the issue that many have been reluctant to address in the past...
Is Bryant on par with Robert Horry?
Let's break it down, shall we?
Total NBA Titles
Kobe still trails in this category, having won five titles to Horry's seven. Kobe still has a chance to equal Horry, but he is getting up there in years. A lot will depend on the way that the balance of power shifts after this year's free agency period. Advantage: Horry.
Number of Franchises With Titles
Kobe has won all of his titles with the Lakers. Horry, on the other hand, won titles with three franchises: the Lakers, the Rockets, and the Spurs. Clearly, this demonstrates that Horry was more compatible with other players than Bryant has been. Advantage: Horry.
Titles Without Phil Jackson
Kobe has won zero titles without the Zen Master. Horry, on the other hand, won four with other head coaches. This unquestionably demonstrates that Horry is less dependent upon his head coach than Kobe is. Advantage: Horry.
Titles Without the Other All-Time Great
Kobe has won two titles without Horry. Horry, on the other had, has won four titles without Kobe. This demonstrates that Horry was less dependent on Kobe than vice versa. Advantage: Horry.
Horry earned his nickname, "Big Shot Rob," by making clutch three-pointers in the fourth quarter. Kobe earned his nickname, "The Black Mamba" by...um...how did he get that nickname? Did he give it to himself? Is that the name that was given to him by female hotel desk clerks? Nobody really knows. Advantage: Horry.
Resemblance to Will Smith
Clearly, Horry is more likely to be mistaken for Agent J than Kobe is. Heck, sometimes I can't tell Big Shot Rob and the Fresh Prince apart. Advantage: Horry.
The Final Verdict
Kobe Bryant has made great strides towards being recognized as one of the game's all time greats. That stated, he still lives in the shadow of one of the greatest to strap on a pair of high tops, "Big Shot Rob" Horry.