ESPN newest NBA show “The Jump” has done a great job of bringing some of the greatest veterans across the association to talk about current and past basketball. In that vein, The Jump had seven-time NBA champion Robert Horry to talk about the Warriors, ‘90s basketball, and Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon.
Horry emphatically responded by saying, “not yes, but HELL Yes.” Specifically, talking about the fact that the Bulls had no answer to guarding Olajuwon.
"They had nobody that could guard Dream. They had nobody that could guard Dream. I'm gonna say that twice because Dream was just that dominant. When we played San Antonio one time, Tim was killing me on the block, and [then-Lakers coach] Phil [Jackson] refused to double-team Tim to get the ball out of his hands. And Dream is 20 times better than Tim Duncan."
Horry went on to praise the work ethic of both players but credited Olajuwon with being at a different level:
"I played with both. I know the work ethic of both. I've seen it live. I've seen these two guys in the gym. I know what Dream brought to practice and I know what Tim brought to practice. I know Tim brought work ethic to practice, but to be a superstar you need to go to the extra level—not saying Tim's not a superstar, but I'm saying what Dream brought to the game was amazing, and I don't think people understand how good Olajuwon was."
Comparing Duncan and Olajuwon: five champions (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014) to two (1994, 1995). Duncan averaged 19 and 10.8 over 19 seasons, and Olajuwon averaged 21.8 and 11.1 over 17 seasons, and is the all-time leader in blocked shots (Duncan is No. 6) and is eighth all-time in steals (Duncan is 152nd).
Do you agree with Horry’s take? Is Olajuwon that much better than Duncan?