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Clyde Drexler implies Magic Johnson, Larry Bird didn’t deserve to make Dream Team

Clyde Drexler may have backed off the comments he made to Jack McCallum in the upcoming book “Dream Team,” but the more McCallum releases from the book, the worse Drexler looks.

An excerpt from the book, which is due out next month, was published by Deadspin last Tuesday and in it Clyde Drexler suggested the Dream Team pitied Magic Johnson because they felt he was going to die from HIV. Drexler, likely alarmed because of all the backlash from the excerpt, released a statement the next day denying the comments.

McCallum said the quotes were accurate but taken out of context. Now he’s provided some more context that makes Drexler look even worse.

Drexler was not one of the original 10 players selected for the Dream Team. He was competing with a few other players for the final spot and didn’t like that.

McCallum wrote about an exchange he had with Drexler regarding the issue (“Me” is McCallum):

Me: It had to be a little difficult, right?

CLYDE: To me, you only control what you control. So stuff like that don’t bother me. But if you want to know what I really think, how can you leave off Worthy, Dominique and Isiah, three guys who really deserved to be on that team. And you leave me off, too? The runnerup for the MVP? And my team is in the Finals every year? [Drexler’s Blazers were finalists in 1990 and 1992]. If you really want to know what I thought, I said it then.

ME: Well, who would you have left off then?

CLYDE: You look at production that year. What did Bird do? What did Magic do?

Deadspin may have switched the order of some quotes, but after reading that, there is no doubt that Drexler felt Magic Johnson did not deserve to be on the Olympic team. That doesn’t mean that Drexler doesn’t think that Bird and Magic are Hall of Fame players, and it doesn’t mean he doesn’t like either man. It also doesn’t mean that Drexler wasn’t supportive of Magic. All it means is that Drexler felt there were better players at the time because Magic and Larry were at the end of their respective careers. And you know what? He’s right about his analysis. Bird ended up retiring after the year. But sometimes players make teams like that because of seniority and everything they’ve done in and for the game, and that’s understandable.

Drexler should have just stood up like a man and said exactly how he felt rather than try to deny everything. He’s just coming off looking worse now.


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  • Anonymous

    Personally, I’m completely overloaded by Dream Team discussions.  I’m sick of Clyde, I wish Magic would shut up, I don’t care about any of these individuals.  They won the Gold Medal for the USA.  That’s why they go.  The rest of this takes away from the accomplishment.  It’s for your country.  20 years later?  Stuff it.  A group of selfish athletes trying to capture a bit more publicity.   

  • Anonymous

    Maybe  if  Clyde would have had the guts of Larry Bird, he would have won a title or two. Shut up, loser!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZF245PHST54SEDBJCDS7Y6LDC4 Nick

    I can put myself in his position, but be angry after so many years, it’s just sick… anyway he won two rings with the Rockets, just sayin’

  • Amick4

    He won one ring with Houston. He came in a mid season trade from Portland. He wasn’t there the previous yr for Houston’s 1st title.

  • Amick4

    Well the lifetime achievement thing lingers. It’s why Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Johnny Bench were all star starters yr after yr, no matter what point and time and production of their careers they were in.