Clyde Drexler: Everyone On The Dream Team Was Waiting For Magic Johnson To Die

Drexler looks a little salty to me


We all saw the Dream Team movie on NBATV a couple weeks ago and it was great. There is also a book coming out by Jack MaCallum from Sports Illustrated detailing a lot of good behind the scenes information on the 1992 Olympic team.

At this point, most players act like they had no fears about playing with or interacting with Magic Johnson, though he announced he had HIV in 1991. They also at this point, act as if they were all good with Magic being added to the All-Star game in 1992 or they were just fine with him getting a dream team spot. Well, Clyde Drexler wasnt.

Here is a quote from the book:

“Magic was always…” And Drexler goes into a decent Magic impression: “‘Come on, Clyde, come on, Clyde, get with me, get with me,’ and making all that noise. And, really, he couldn’t play much by that time. He couldn’t guard his shadow.”

“But you have to have to understand what was going on then. Everybody kept waiting for Magic to die. Every time he’d run up the court everybody would feel sorry for the guy, and he’d get all that benefit of the doubt. Magic came across like, ‘All this is my stuff.’ Really? Get outta here, dude. He was on the declining end of his career.”

Drexler had played exquisitely in the 1992 All-Star Game in Orlando, although the MVP award eventually went to Magic, who had been added by Commissioner Stern as a special thirteenth player to the Western Conference roster. “If we all knew Magic was going to live this long, I would’ve gotten the MVP of that game, and Magic probably wouldn’t have made the Olympic team.”

I expect a statement from Mr. Drexler soon apologizing or backing off his comments. It seems to be what happens now.

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