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Clyde Drexler on Vintage NBA

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by CompaqC, Apr 30, 2001.

  1. CompaqC

    CompaqC Member

    Jun 29, 2000
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    Don't know if this was posted before, if so, forgive me. they have a link to almost the entire 4th qurter of game 3 of the 1995 Finals. You all remember that technical Clyde got for slapping the ball away after going coast to cost and slamming it over Dennis Scott?

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    Vintage NBA returns for its third season on ESPN Classic in 2001.

    Hosted again by ESPN's Robin Roberts, the show highlights an NBA legend and a moment in their career in a way that links the past to the present,

    Clyde Drexler led the Blazers to two NBA Finals but finally got his ring with the Houston Rockets in 1995. (NBAE Photos)

    featuring an "In the Chair" interview with an NBA star and showcasing popular culture -- fashion, footage and fads - from the legend's era.

    Clyde Drexler, who excelled for 15 NBA seasons, is the subject of this week's Vintage NBA. As a star player for both the Portland Trail Blazers and then the Houston Rockets, Drexler's effortless scoring style and gliding acrobatics earned him the nickname "Clyde the Glide."

    The Milwaukee Bucks' Ray Allen is a player who embodies the same smooth offensive moves of Clyde "the Glide." It's Allen who is "In the Chair" to reflect on a player who he's admired for his mature presence off the court as well as for his scoring ability. Allen admits he always seemed to root for Drexler's teams because of the positive influence Drexler had on him while growing up.

    A star while playing for the University of Houston's "Phi Slamma Jamma" squad in the early 1980's, Drexler came up short while vying for a national title. As a member of the Trail Blazers, he became the player that Portland would build around while becoming a championship contender. With his great offensive gifts as well as his often overlooked defense, he blossomed into one of the game's great stars despite often being overshadowed by more celebrated players. Leading the Trailblazers into the 1990 and 1992 NBA Finals his quest for a title was denied by the Pistons and Isiah Thomas and then by the Bulls with Michael Jordan. When he was acquired by the Houston Rockets in 1995, it appeared that for all his individual exploits, he might finish his career without a ring. But as a storybook ending ensued, Drexler helped lead the Rockets to their second consecutive title.

    In this week's "Airwave Archive, viewers can see Game 3 of the 1995 NBA Finals. In his third trip to the NBA Finals, Clyde Drexler responds by having a superb all-around performance as the Houston Rockets battle the Orlando Magic.

    While it's sometime shocking when a star player like Clyde Drexler is traded, as Robin Roberts points out it has happened before. Notable players like Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Walt "Clyde" Frazier and Charles Barkley all were traded during their illustrious careers. As for other players who can "glide" like Clyde, Steve Smith in his prime, Eddie Jones and the Sonics' Desmond Mason are some of the names bandied about.

  2. Toast

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    Feb 21, 2001
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    Gotta love the Glide. If MJ wants to put together a team of old guys past their prime, why not add Glide ;-)

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