NBA man Horry negates height factor

Sep 12, 2012, 08:40 IST | Rohan Koli

Seven-time National Basketball Association (NBA) champion Robert Horry's observation that height is not the all-important factor to excel in basketball, is significant for a country like India where the average male height is approximately 5ft 5 inches

“Most of Indians believe that good height and strong physical appearance only can make for a good basketball player, but that’s not true. More than anything else, it’s the passion and love for the sport that makes for a good player. You have to believe in yourself and your abilities,” Horry, who is in New Delhi to promote NBA’s India activities told MiD DAY yesterday.

Robert Horry

Horry (42), who played for Houston Rockets from 1992-1996, is quite impressed with the basketball talent on view here too. “I’ve been in India for the last three days and have seen quite a lot of basketball in Bangalore. The popularity of basketball is growing and there is lot of talent here,” he said.

Horry, who last played for San Antonio Spurs in 2008, particularly praised 17-year-old Satnam Singh Bhamara, tipped to be India’s next big hoopster. “I’ve watched him on television and believe he’s got a lot of potential. I would advise him to keep practising harder and harder if he wants to make it big in the game,” added Horry.

A question on cricket was inevitable, and Horry’s reply was an honest one. “Ever since I landed in India, I’ve heard so many people talking about cricket. I don’t know anything about cricket, so I decided to watch some of it on TV last night. I saw South Africa play England and tried to learn the game,” said Horry, who also confessed to not knowing India’s biggest cricket star. “Sachin? Who is he? I’ve not heard of him,” he said. 

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