Clyde decided he needed a change after playing for twelve seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers and losing in the NBA finals twice. Houston was calling, and Drexler decided it was time to make the switch — he joined Hakeem Olajuwon and the Rockets, and they won the championship the same season!
There’s no question Clyde is an all-time great, and this is something Micheal Jordan knew very well. Jordan spoke very highly of Clyde and had the utmost respect for his game. Jordan thought their games resemble one another and that they are ultimately very similar players.
Here’s what Jordan had to say before one of their matchups in March of ’92.
Well, Clyde is somewhat of a mirror of me in a sense. He’s so versatile, he plays offense, plays defense, he’s good with the assists, he can score, so you’ve got to respect him in all areas of basketball.
I’m just gonna try to contain him as much as possible. Try to force him to shoot the outside shot. And force him to his weaker hand, which is left. That’s what most people try to do with me. Hopefully, it can work against him.
Michael stopped Clyde in the 1992 NBA Finals as Chicago beat Portland 4-2. Ultimately, Drexler was simply unfortunate to have played during the same era as MJ, just like Reggie Miller, John Starks, and many others.