If anyone has the right to talk on the subject, ‘Who is the greatest of all-time?’ it’s Portland Trail Blazers legend Clyde Drexler. The Glide was recently greatly disrespected by MJ in ‘The Last Dance’ during the segment in which Jordan reflects on 1992 NBA finals.
“I’m not saying he wasn’t a threat. But me being compared to him, I took offense to that.”
Michael Jordan, The Last Dance
The truth is that the Blazers superstar played in a far smaller market than Jordan in Chicago. If he played for the Bulls, the Lakers, or the Knicks Drexler would get a lot more attention. Even so, Clyde was one of the rare NBA shooting guards, if not the only one, who could actually match with MJ’s athleticism, in large part thanks to his incredible 43” vertical leap.
Now, known across the world as a true gentleman with a kind and modest temper, Drexler rightfully fires back at Jordan, making just a huge statement in the context of the ongoing GOAT debate.
“I have a real problem with that, because out of all the guys that played the game, for you to have a conversation of these two guys as the GOAT when you’ve got Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, two of the greatest players to ever live - I think you start with those two.”
By mentioning undeservedly forgotten greats such as Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Drexler definitely hits the point. But he also points out that there is another set of basketball greats from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, who were unjustly left out of the ongoing GOAT debate.
“And then you’ve got guys like Dr. J (Julius Erving), Larry Bird, George Gervin, Elgin Baylor, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West. All those guys are in the conversation, and so for people to bring this up today, to me, it’s just unbelievable. And I love Michael and LeBron. But still, let’s not take something away from those other guys who played.”
10-time NBA All-star who won his only NBA championship ring with the 1994-95 Houston Rockets, concludes his GOAT point with the undeniable truth that the game of basketball is a team sport.
“This is a team game; it’s not one guy… So I hate when people act like it’s an individual competition.”
Clyde Drexler will tell his inside story about the 1989-1992 Portland Trail Blazers in a new basketball documentary ‘Rip City Revival,’ which will be aired on Sunday, May 31st.