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Clyde Drexler, Usa
NBA.com: "After almost a dozen seasons
with the Portland Trail Blazers, Drexler left Portland with his name all over
the franchise's record books. A perennial All-Star and a member of the 1992 U.S.
Olympic Dream Team, Drexler twice led the Blazers to the NBA Finals. It wasn't
until he joined the Houston Rockets midway through his 12th campaign, however,
that he finally earned a championship ring... It was fitting that Drexler
achieved the ultimate NBA success while in Houston. A native of the city, he
attended the University of Houston and starred on the "Phi Slamma Jamma" teams
of the early 1980s. A forward in college, Drexler teamed with
and Larry Micheaux to form a front line that took the team on two straight trips
to the NCAA Final Four. In his junior season Drexler averaged 15.9 points, 8.8
rebounds and 3.8 assists while shooting .536 from the floor...
The Blazers selected Drexler with the 14th overall
pick in the 1983 NBA Draft. Looking back, it seems a mystery how such a great
player slipped so low in the draft, especially in light of the careers of many
of the players chosen ahead of him.
Name: Clyde Austin Drexler
Nickname: Clyde the Glide
Status: Retired as player, retired as coach
Origin: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Schools: University of Houston
Drafted: 1983, First Round, 14th overall by the Portland Trailblazers
Teams (jersey): Houston Cougars (22), Portland Trailblazers (22), USA National Team (1992's Dream Team), Houston Rockets (22)
Ibn Notes: Clyde Drexler's prime came up in the 1980s and early 1990's, because of that and his remarkable ability to fly to the hoop, he became known as a poor man’s Michael Jordan, and that’s a compliment. Clyde had the unfortunate timing of coming into the league around the same time that his airness did. His high-flying forays to the basket as a Houston Cougar and his gravity-defying flights to the basket as a Portland Trailblazer brought him the name “Clyde the Glide”.
Accomplishments: Elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame (2004); Olympic gold medalist (1992); NBA championship (1995); All-NBA First Team (1992); All-NBA Second Team (1988, '91); All-NBA Third Team (1990, '95); 10-time NBA All-Star; (1996).
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