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Clyde Drexler The Glide

February 23, 2012 by staff 

Clyde Drexler The Glide, Clyde Austin “Clyde The Glide” Drexler (born June 22, 1962) is a former American professional basketball shooting guard and small forward. A ten-time All-Star and member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, the NBA named him one of basketball’s fifty greatest players as of 1996.

Drexler won an Olympic gold medal in 1992 and an NBA championship in 1995 with the Houston Rockets. He is the color commentator for Rockets home games.

Drexler was selected in the 1st round, 14th overall pick in the 1983 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. He was passed over in the 1983 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets, who drafted Ralph Sampson and Rodney McCray, before Drexler was selected. Along with teammates Terry Porter, Jerome Kersey, Buck Williams, Kevin Duckworth, and Clifford Robinson, Drexler helped lead Portland to the NBA Finals in 1990 against the Detroit Pistons and 1992 versus the Chicago Bulls.

His 1990-91 Trail Blazers were the favorites heading into the playoffs, having finished the season with the best record in the NBA and besting the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls in the two regular season games those teams played. The Blazers beat the LA Lakers three games to two in the regular season but fell in the Western Conference Championship 4-2.

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