Seven-time NBA champion Robert Horry reckons today's players should get less money. The 6' 10” former forward says that given the tough financial times – and with a lockout looming – player wages should probably come down.

“The players will hate me for saying this, but yeah – I think they probably should get less,” Horry told MVP at an NBA Fan Zone event in west London.

“When you have the fans, the people buying the tickets, going through hard times – and they can't do anything to earn more money – then to see these players getting paid so much must be hard.”

Horry was a player when the NBA suffered its last lockout in the 1998-99 season, and is worried about how the league might suffer if a strike is repeated.

“When we had the lockout before, the League was at a peak – there were guys like Jordan, Olajawon, Malone. And it hurt the NBA. So I'm very worried about what might happen if it happens again.

“And you'd think that with something this important they'd be talking all the time trying to work it out. But they [league officials and player representatives] are only meeting once a week!”

Horry, who expressed surprise at the level of interest in basketball here in Britain, said he backed GB's bid for a spot at London 2012.

“I think it would really help the profile of the game here. To have your team competing along with all the best players in the world.”

No player in the modern era has won more rings than 'Big Shot Bob'. He scooped two with Houston (1994, 95), three with the Lakers (2000, 01, 02) and two with the San Antonio Spurs (05, 07). So who does he think will be lifting the trophy this year?

“There are so many teams who could win it. But if you put a gun to my head and told me to pick one, I'd probably say Boston. I really like [Jeff] Green [who the Celtics just picked up in the Kendrick Perkins trade]. I think he will bring a lot to the team."

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