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Charles Barkley: Clyde Drexler was always jealous of Michael Jordan

It may have taken two decades, but all of the drama that surrounded the 1992 Olympic Dream Team is finally coming to light. Clyde Drexler’s reputation is not exactly improving as a result. During yet another discussion about the Dream Team on Thursday, Charles Barkley talked about some of the issues the team had with Drexler behind closed doors. According to Barkley, Clyde was extremely jealous of Michael Jordan.

“I think Clyde has always been jealous of Michael, to be honest with you,” Barkley said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “I think he’s always wanted to be compared to Michael. Hey, we all want to be compared to Michael, but we’re not.

“Clyde was a great player, but there was always that jealousy of Michael. That was one of the incidents and things about the Dream Team, Clyde was trying to play like it was Game 7 against Michael, and that’s probably not a good idea. When Michael is driving his kids to school, he thinks it’s Game 7.”

Last month, we told you about a book in which Drexler as quoted as saying Magic Johnson only made the Dream Team because people pitied him and his condidion. Naturally, Clyde denied the comments and said they were taken out of context by the books author, Jack McCallum. Barkley isn’t buying it.

“I like Clyde Drexler, but Jack McCallum is a great guy, and I don’t think he would misinterpret anything,” he said. “I saw some of the statements. I thought they were not very cool at all. I don’t think Jack’s going to make up … first of all, he doesn’t have to make up anything. … If I had to believe somebody, I would probably believe Jack McCallum.”

If Drexler didn’t have many friends when the Dream Team was assembled 20 years ago, he has even less now.

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):

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Clyde Drexler denies making negative Magic Johnson comments; Magic thinks Clyde is publicity hungry

There was a major stir on Tuesday when Clyde Drexler’s negative comments about Magic Johnson’s presence on the 1992 Dream Team were publicized. Drexler implied that Magic made the Dream Team and won MVP of the 1992 All-Star Game out of pity because people thought he was going to die.

Drexler’s comments appear in “Dream Team,” a book by longtime Sports Illustrated writer Jack McCallum that will be released on July 10, and were published as an excerpt released to Deadspin.

Drexler released a statement through the Houston Rockets on Wednesday to deny making the comments.

“I was one of Magic’s biggest supporters during that difficult period in his life and I take great exception to having such comments attributed to me,” his statement says. “Magic and I have a friendship that goes back more than 28 years and I would never say such hurtful things. I have reached out to Magic to assure him that I did not say those things and to apologize to him and his family for even having to respond to something as baseless as this.”

McCallum responded in a post on his website to say that the quotes were accurate, but the context was not.

Let me begin by emphasizing that the excerpt was accurate. But the lead-in was not. Deadspin says that “everyone on the Dream Team felt sorry for Magic because he was going to die.” That was not the context. Clyde was talking about many people in the league, not specifically the Dream Teamers.

In context or out of context, Magic wasn’t too happy with Clyde’s comments when he responded in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.

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Clyde Drexler: Everyone on Dream Team pitied Magic Johnson because he had HIV

Magic Johnson was considered a beloved figure and leader of the Dream Team, but according to Clyde Drexler, everything wasn’t all hugs and kisses.

Jack McCallum has written a new book called “Dream Team,” and in the book, Drexler shares his opinion about Magic’s role on the team. In fact, Drexler says Magic only made the 1992 Olympic team because he was pitied.

Here is an excerpt from the book as shared by Deadspin:

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