As a fan of basketball, you have to love Clyde “The Glide” Drexler. He was one of those “silent assassins.” He went about his job on the court with such smoothness and efficiency that sometimes you wouldn’t realize how dominating his performance was.
Clyde was one of the pure class gentlemen of the league, yet at the same time a ferocious competitor. The Dallas Mavericks team I played on in the late Eighties versus his Portland Trailblazer team those same years turned in some outstanding performances and games. I’d have my hands full guarding the Portland big guys in the lane, and Clyde would be right in there battling with all of us for rebounds and involved in physical plays in the paint. You don’t see that too often from your superstar guys who typically are the most talented players on the court and can get away with not getting their nose bloodied.
Like a lot of great players of this era, Clyde would be talked about as an all-time great in every basketball conversation if it wasn’t for the faces of the NBA at the time, à la Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Dr. J, and Michael Jordan.
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