Lockout won't hurt players, Horry says

Updated: 2011-07-30 07:30

By Tang Yue (China Daily)

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BEIJING - Seven-time NBA champion Robert Horry, who experienced the previous NBA lockout in 1998, said he is not concerned about the players during the current stalemate as it is easy for them to stay in shape through professional guidance and exercise.

He made the comment during his NBA Cares trip to Beijing on Thursday.

Lockout won't hurt players, Horry says

"Now it is actually easier for them (the players), because they do clinical stuff by themselves. I think they will be fine. The guys are professional now. There are so many things out there. They have got nutritional advice, they know what to eat, and they have a lot of facilities to work out in," he said.

"One thing is to make sure you don't get hurt. Just play and stay in shape. Do things that keep you in shape. It could be a long lockout, so I hope they can stay healthy."

Horry is one of only two players to have won NBA championships with three different teams: two with the Houston Rockets, three with the Los Angeles Lakers and two with the San Antonio Spurs.

The 14-year NBA veteran said he would like to play with Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O'Neal, Clyde Drexler and Kobe Bryant if could put together a 'Dream Team' of the players he teamed with.

When asked about the players from the Spurs, he joked: "They can be the bench players."

Meanwhile, Horry is still showing interest in playing and hasn't ruled out the possibility of playing in China.

"I have always wanted to play overseas, but I don't think anybody will take me right now, you know I'm 40 years old," he said. "I love to play because (it's a test) to play against the young kids and see if you can do it again. If you give me a contract, I can play."

A global ambassador of NBA Cares, Horry went to the high school affiliated to Renmin University of China on Thursday afternoon to tutor the school team.

"I always love to experience different cultures and see the children get excited when they play with NBA players to see their reaction," said Horry.

"What we do is play exhibition games for the charity. It's to give something back to the fans, to the community, because most of us have made a lot of money. So we were pretty much OK," Horry said.

China Daily

(China Daily 07/30/2011 page16)