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Lakers Season Countdown: 5 days, Robert Horry

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In this series, we will count down the days until the Lakers first regular season game on October 28th. Each day we will discuss who wore that number best, and who wears it now or who wore it last.

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We're getting ready for a brand new season of Los Angeles Lakers basketball, so to count down the days we'll be looking at the best Lakers to wear the number. We'll continue at 5 days until the regular season begins, with the guy simply known as "Big Shot Bob".

Who wore it the best: Robert Horry

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Robert Horry was selected with the 11th pick in the 1992 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets. After 4 seasons in Houston, Horry was traded to the Phoenix Suns in the deal that sent former NBA MVP Charles Barkley to the Rockets. Horry played 32 games with the Suns and was then involved in an incident with his head coach Danny Ainge, where he threw a towel at Ainge. The Suns decided to trade Horry, and moved him to the Lakers for Cedric Ceballos. Horry decided to wear #5 as #25 (the number Horry wore in Houston and Phoenix) was retired for Gail Goodrich.

Horry is considered an ultimate team player. Often not taking enough shots, and doing all the dirty work. Although Horry's career numbers aren't close to those of Jim McMillian (another Laker who wore #5), his contributions to the Lakers go just beyond numbers. Horry seemed to relish in his role as the Lakers backup power forward, playing behind the likes of A.C. Green, Horace Grant and Samaki Walker. Horry earned the nickname "Big Shot Bob" by hitting numerous clutch shots throughout his career. He will almost always be remembered for his game-stealing 3 pointer in game 4 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals.

After the 2002-03 season, in which Horry went 0-18 from 3 in the Western Conference Semi-Finals against the Spurs, Horry became a free agent and eventually signed with the Spurs. He would play in San Antonio, winning another two championships, making it 7 in total (2 with Houston, 3 with LA & 2 with San Antonio), for 5 more seasons before retiring after the 2007-08 season.

Seasons w/ Lakers

Years

ppg

rpg

apg

spg

bpg

mpg

Robert Horry

7

1997-2003

6.3

5.5

2.2

1.1

1.0

25.4

Who wore it last: Carlos Boozer

Carlos Boozer was selected with the 6th pick of the second round by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2002 NBA draft. After playing two years for Cleveland, the Cavs had agreed to let Boozer become a RFA, instead of keeping him under contract for 1 more year near a minimum salary, with the understanding that Boozer was going to sign a 6 year, $39 million deal. When Boozer did become a free agent, the Utah Jazz offered him a 6 year, $70 million contract that the Cavs could not match. Boozer would go on to sign with the Jazz, where he would play 6 years and become a 2-time All-Star.

As a free agent after the 2009-10 season, Boozer was acquired by the Chicago Bulls via a sign-and-trade. He played in Chicago for 4 seasons before he was waived by the Bulls with their Amnesty Clause. With his production decreasing, and the Bulls facing salary cap issues, they decided to let the veteran power forward go. The Lakers claimed Boozer off of waivers and played for the Lakers during the 2014-15 season. He averaged 11.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists & 0.6 steals in 23.8 minutes per game. He is currently not under any contract for the upcoming 2015-16 NBA season.

#5 - Who has worn it:

Dick Barnett (1963-1965)

Jim McMillian (1971-1973)

Tom Abernethy (1977-1978)

Jim Price (1979)

Eddie Jordan (1982)

Duane Cooper (1993)

Robert Horry (1997-2003)

Ime Udoka (2004)

Tierre Brown (2005)

Jordan Farmar (2007-2009)

Steve Blake (2011-2014)

Carlos Boozer (2015)

Michael Frazier (2016 - future)