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"I didn’t give them a chance to throw me out" - Clyde Drexler on retiring while still in peak form

Stubborn or not, Clyde the Glide did everything on his terms without messing up. Some even believe his skills were very similar to those of Michael Jordan.
NBA champions and Hall of Famers Clyde Drexler and David Robinson

Clyde Drexler, David Robinson

Clyde Drexler is, without a doubt, one of the greatest players of all time. His ability to score and dismantle the opposing team's defense was on par with his fiercest rivals, such as Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins. In fact, some believe that if we take MJ out of the picture, "Clyde the Glide" was the best there was.

But if there's something unique about Drexler, perhaps it would be his unbendable mindset.

What Clyde wants, Clyde gets

If we are to look back at Drexler's playing days, it's hard to single out his prime years as it seemed like he was at his peak during his entire career. After his rookie season, Drexler took off and never looked back, hovering between 17 to 27 points per game until his final season in 1997-98.

Drexler won his first and only NBA title with the Houston Rockets in 1995 and played three more productive seasons with the team. In his final campaign with Houston, "Clyde the Glide" was still playing at an All-Star level, but suddenly, he opted to retire in the summer of '98.

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When the man himself finally commented on the subject, the 10-time NBA All-Star simply said that's how he wanted to leave, so that's how it went down.

"It's not hard. It just depends if you're going out on your terms," Drexler told Bleacher Report in 2009. "I retired after 15 years because I wanted to, and I left on my terms. I left still playing at a very high level. I was lucky; I was one of the lucky guys. I didn't give them a chance to throw me out."

Stubborn, but in a good way

Drexler's decision to call it quits while still in tremendous shape speaks volumes about his underrated stubbornness as a player. But on the other hand, that shouldn't be taken against Drexler because, as it turned out, it was just part of his overall greatness.

"Clyde is a stubborn guy, which all those great players are," Drexler's former Portland Trail Blazers teammate Rod Strickland said. "He would will the team and be like, just give me the ball and get out of the way, but if you are open, I will give it to you. I think his IQ is underrated."

Call it whatever we want, but one thing we couldn't argue about is the fact that Drexler, stubborn or not, did everything on his terms without messing up.

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