Is Horry the next Superstar?

Published 12:19 am Saturday, June 27, 2009

Andalusia’s superstar Robert Horry hopes to become the nation’s superstar as he competes on the ABC reality show, “The Superstars.”

The show, which debuted June 23 as a two-hour special, is a newer version of the popular sports competition series that debuted on ABC 36 years ago, and viewers may remember 1987’s winner Hershel Walker, 1993’s decathlete Dave Johnson, 1998’s NFL receiver Jason Sehorn and 2002’s Olympic skier Bode Miller.

The show airs on ABC Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Central time.

Horry joins seven other professional athletes — each teaming with a celebrity. Horry’s partner for the show’s six-week run is actress/model Estella Warren. Warren is most famous for her roles in Kangaroo Jack and The Planet of the Apes.

The latest version has eight teams competing in weekly events such as swimming, biking, running and kayaking. One team will be eliminated each week, leading up to the finals, where the last duo standing will be crowned “The Superstars Champion.”

The seven other athlete/celebrity combos competing are: NFL receiver Terrell Owens and model Joanna Krupa; retired MLB second baseman Jeff Kent and TV personality Ali Landry; returning champ Bode Miller and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’s” Paige Hemmis; skier Kristi Leskinen and “Dancing With the Stars” pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy; WNBA star Lisa Leslie and actor Dan Cortese; tennis star Jennifer Capriati and French actor/singer David Charvet; and soccer pro Brandi Chastain and singer Julio Iglesias Jr. The Owens team was eliminated on the Tues., June 23, program.

“The Superstars” is shot entirely on location at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas and features three hosts — ESPN commentator John Saunders, retired NFL Warren Sapp and TV personality Jenn Brown.

Horry was an inactive free agent at the end of the 2007-2008 NBA run and had hoped to be signed by another team before the season was over. So far, there has been no word of an official retirement. During the recent NBA playoffs, he worked as a commentator for ESPN.

In his 16 seasons, Horry has won seven championships. He 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.

He is a 1988 graduate of Andalusia High School and a 1992 graduate of the University of Alabama.