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Friday, September 3rd, 2010 at 10:40 am  |  82 responses

For Old Time’s Sake: Clyde the Glide

If there was ever an NBA superstar that flew (pun intended) under the radar, it was Clyde Drexler. Throughout his 15 year career he played on only two teams, The Blazers and Rockets, and earned some great accolades along the way. Drex won a championship with the Rockets in ’95, played in 10 All Star Games, played on the original Dream Team in ’92, was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history, and was inducted into the HOF in 2004. Drex was also the SEC player of the year at Houston in ’83 (that fro was bananas) and a member of the PHI SLAMA JAMA fraternity along with Hakeem and Larry Micheau. They got that on your campus? Not mine. His best season statistically came with the Blazers in the ’88-’89 season when he posted averages of 27.2 pts, 5.8 assts, 7.9 rbs, amd 2.73 stls. The Glide was a BALLHAWK, he could fly and take your cookies. Shout out to Kevin L for this ill mix.

-Schneezy

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  • Sparker

    i was just thinking yesterday that the dunk on the college reel that i liked best was the one by clyde. figured it was for sentimental reasons… but obviously not. only the doctor flew further and smoother. guy understood that to impress the judges, there is such a thing as style points

  • JTaylor21

    Clyde doesn’t get the kind of respect a player of his caliber and achievements deserves. He’s a Top-5 SG of all-time with no questions. People have this false impression that MJ killed him in the 92 finals but that’s far from the truth, Clyde didn’t stop MJ from scoring at will (who did?) but he more than held his own on the offensive end. He avg. 27/7/7 in the 92 Playoffs and on the 94-95 Rockets squad that people swear Hakeem carried all by himself, Clyde avg. 21/7/5 with 48FG%. Clyde should be treated better by the fans and media in terms of his place in history but I doubt that. Take off your MJ shades for a second and you’ll see that there are other great players.

  • abaci

    Nice mix. good song. i had that second card they showed

  • http://screwjams.tumblr.com cramzy

    dude use to trip me out coming up the court with his head down. Next thing ya know, he done put some poor unsuspecting fellow in a poster. GLIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The Philosopher

    The 4th best shooting guard in NBA History.

  • letsmotor

    @1:40: In game free throw line dunk?!!

  • Papa Smurf

    The most fitting nickname of all time.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    i love glide, lots a respect, i’m happy that he is a champ. But top 5? (from quick thinking..) MJ Kobe Logo Baylor Hondo? i think my list is invalid bcoz Baylor and Hondo are more SF’s?

  • Overtime

    Jtaylor speaks the truth. People dont speak about Clyde nearly enough. He really was awesome, and one of the nicest, coolest dudes there was in the league.
    He destroyed the competition, and the guy does genuinely look like he can fly.
    PHI SLAMMA JAMMA :D

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    one of the most unique jumpshots of all time.. that leg push how do i call that?

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    or maybe MJ Kobe Logo Elgin & Barry? i think Clyde is 6th or 7th..

  • Overtime

    Also, the lineup we’ve had this week, Price, Stockton, White Chocolate, Kidd and Glyde…you put that lineup out on the floor, and they could probably beat half the NBA lineups of today

  • WangChung

    Co-sign JTaylor. Dude played in the wrong era.

  • hammer

    Top 5 sg all time 1.Jordan 2.Kobe 3.West 4.Drexler 5.Gervin

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    @ overtime.. NO

  • hammer

    Drexler was arguably the biggest impactful trade n nba history. People 4get that the rockets were struggling b4 clyde arrived. Clyde was a major boost 4 that team. Wrong 4 people 2 say that olajuwon was the only reason the rockets won. Don’t 4get clyde. And a lil help from nick anderson. Ha ha!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Dwyane Wade is just a few steps behind the Glide in all-time SG history. Book THAT.

  • Overtime

    My fault, got Price mixed up with Spreewell.
    @ J, oh yes yes yes

  • JTaylor21

    EBoy is right AGAIN, a couple more years of Wade continuing his current level of play and he will be.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Overtime.. if i do understand your 12:14 post you mean those lineup could beat HALF of todays lineups? HALF? WTF?

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    @ E.. I believe so too but one thing i’m very much concerned of wade is longetivity..

  • http://safjdklf.com Jukai

    Wade is more than a few steps behind the Glide. Wade will eventually SURPASS the Glide, he has the talent and now he’s in the position to make the impact… but I mean… don’t cut Drexler short. If Jordan didn’t exist, who knows how we’d look at Drexler.

  • Overtime

    I cant name a lottery team whose starting five would beat a 5 of Stockton, Williams, Kidd, Spree and Clyde

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Jukai, stop being a moron, are people going to say thing about Kobe and Dwyane 20 years from now?

  • http://safjdklf.com Jukai

    Interesting question: who are the top ten in the pantheon of greatest shooting guards? I used to think it was obvious but now I’m not so sure.
    Jordan, Kobe, West, Drexler, Gervin, Wade, and Iverson are obvious. Then I always thought it was Miller, Maravich, and Sam Jones. Now I’m not so sure anymore. Does Greer make the cut? Does Ray Allen push anyone out? Do we give Ginobli the same credit that McHale gets for curbing his abilities to help the team?
    Joe Dumars? Sidney Moncrief? What about David Thompson?
    It’s a toughie.

  • http://safjdklf.com Jukai

    Eboy: did you leave half of that out? Sorry, I’m pretty sure Wade will overtake Drexler, but if he breaks his leg tomorrow and spends the rest of his career as T-Mac, will he still be greater?
    Walton was clearly a top-5 center when healthy. Easily. Does anyone put him in the top-5, despite a Finals MVP and several championships?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    And if he doesn’t break his leg…and wins a couple of more rings, where does he wind up. It’s all conjecture.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    i still put AI as a PG.. here’s my list (no particular order) MJ, Kobe, West, Elgin, Gervin, Barry, Glide.. That’s 8, but im sure Dwade is gonna go on top-10, his longetivity issue hurts his placing on where he should be.. And Manu > Ray ray.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Manu > Ray ray

  • JTaylor21

    @Jukai the reasons why wade is only a few steps behind Clyde is because he’s won a Finals MVP with one of the best individual performances in history and his career numbers are better than Clyde at this point. Also when people talk about wade only having a few PRIME years left I laugh because even though he’s 28 already, he has played in way fewer games than the regular 28 yr old player, therefore slightly reducing the wear and tear on his knees and athleticism. I personally think that Wade has about 5-6 PRIME years ahead of him.

  • Overtime

    @ Jukai, I dont know enough about healthy Walton to be able to place him, but would u really put him at top 5? Just wondering on ur thought process?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Jukai: In no way does Ginobli make top 10 SG’s ever. Never ever. Ever ever?
    And with a player like Sam Jones it’s hard to tell where to rank him because he elevated his game in the playoffs, despite very good but not consistently GREAT regular season numbers. And he’s a ten time champion, which is incredible–but then, of course there was a man by the name of Bill Russell on his team.
    I’d put Pete and Miller in the top 10. Sam Jones probably… I think your list is pretty good. Would you ever consider Ray Allen to overtake Sam Jones?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Ray Ray >>>>>>>>>>>>> Manu. Come on J.

  • http://sdjkflf.com Jukai

    Eboy: It is all conjecture. So, not really sure why you’re conjecturing and then getting mad at me when I conjecture the opposite way
    J: Baylor was a small/power forward. He never played the two ever, cause that was West’s spot. Er, also, Rick Barry was also a small foward. He even thanked George Gervin for being a shooting guard so he never had to GUARD George Gervin. So that’s really six.
    JTaylor: Wade has comparable career numbers because he hasn’t played in the twilight of his career, which Drexler did. But while we’re at it:
    Dwayne : 25.4, 4.9, 6.6, 1.8, 1.0 on 48/29/77 with 3.7to
    Drexler: 20.4, 6.1, 5.6, 2.0, 0.7 on 47/31/79 with 3.0to
    Pretty close. Take note that Wade has only played in his prime.
    Overtime: Maybe top 4. Dude could defend like no other, was an amazing passer, incredible shot blocker and rebounder, a damn good scorer, great in the clutch unreal leader, and took the second worst team ever to an NBA championship (and the worst team ever post merger).
    Oh, and he raised his stats hardcore in the playoffs: 18, 16, 5.5, 1, 3.5, on 51% shooting. While playing under 40 a game.
    It’s not too hard to see footage of him, those old late 70s Blazers are on Hardwood Classics a LOT.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    @Teddy.. No, i’ll give Ray his jumpshot.. everything else is Manu.. its not a wash but Manu’s got the edge.. Manu has won as a leader and as co-star.. he has won everywhere. stats hurt him a little,

  • http://sdjkflf.com Jukai

    Teddy: Personally, I think when it’s all said and done, Ray Allen overtakes Reggie Miller. Really.
    Manu isn’t better than Ray Allen (I mean, that’s a stretch) but I think if Manu had wanted, injuries not-withstanding, he could have been a superstar in the league, in the same way McHale could have been. Not on the same level, of course, but maybe good enough to crack the top ten. Throw in multiple championships, clutch career moments, an olympic gold medal as a leader for his team… I think there’s a legit debate that Manu could be in a top-10.
    Just a debate though. Honestly, after the afformentioned seven, I think it’s Ray Allen, Reggie Miller, Sam Jones in that order. Now that’s a ‘greatest’ list though. If we’re talking “best” (which puts skill as a deciding factor, instead of equalizing it with career achievements) then I may put Maravich on that list.
    I don’t think he makes top ten on a greatest list. Dude did about as much with his career as he did on the defensive end.

  • http://Twitter.com/darrellma Dma

    Very underrated player. That blazers squad was ill with Clyde porter kersey Williams duckworth and Robinson and ainge off the bench. Very underrated team for that matter. Drexler’s biggest fault was playing at the same time as mj.

  • http://slamonline.com GotHandles?

    RayRay has the sweetest J in the history of basketball. COUNT IT.

  • EC

    @J- elgin and barry arent shooting guards. now stop saying that they are! lol

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Manu > Ray not by much.. Manu is better attacker at the basket, passer, defender, and as good as it gets in the clutch. Ray is miles better shooter, and a very good slasher when he was young.. but still you can’t find a finisher at the rim like manu, and he seriously turns into a great shooter in clutch times.. and he’s also a better leader too.

  • JTaylor21

    @Jukai I understand your point about DWade not having played in the twilight of his career but I think that he’s one of them dudes that can still play at a high level even at 35-36 yrs old. Also no way does RAllen pass RMiller, NO WAY because for one, reggie hit twice as many clutch shots, carried a team as the MAIN guy for longer and further in the playoffs than ray ever could with the talented Sonics and is flat out the better player while ray’s the better talent. Also there is not if Manu wanted to be GREAT; it’s either he was great or he wasn’t, you can’t be in-between. Manu has had the luxury of playing next to a TOP-3 PF of all time and one of the top point guard of this era, so he has the luxury of not being the defense PRIMARY focus. His impact on the Spurs is not nearly as much as those two guys. My heart used to skip a beat when I used to hear that he was a good as Kobe, WHAAAAAT?

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    My childhood right there.. Clyde is my favorite player of all time!! When I first started paying attention to basketball my blazers had Clyde,Porter,Kersey,Buck Williams,Duckworth(rip) and a young Cliff Robinson.. Long overdue, but thanks for gettin’ to him, slam!!

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    @DMA at 2:30- haha i didnt even read the post, i just typed. Sorry for saying pretty much the same thing as you..

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    I went to soo many games at the memorial coliseum, I remember (before security was soo inforced) we could stand right outside the locker room and high-five, or even chat with the players as they came out for warm-ups..

  • http://www.realgm.com Gman

    Jtay and eboy!!! co-sign that ish.

  • Robb

    Great player and an awesome guy

  • http://thacorner.net/forums Kevin

    That video is the best FOTS so far simply because of the greatness that is Troublesome ’96

  • Mvp23100

    Manu better than ray somebody kill J

  • http://sdjkflf.com Jukai

    J: You’re overrating Manu a bit. He’s a better passer— by a very slim margin. He’s a better rebounder— by a very slim margin. He’s a better defender— by a very slim margin.
    But Ray Allen is SUCH a superior scorer that I think he puts his value well over Manu. And it’s not like Manu is more versatile— Ray Allen proved he could be the leader, the man, and also be a complimentary player, JUST like Manu.
    JTaylor21: You seem to be a Reggie Miller fan. Personally, I think Reggie Miller is WAY overrated (and SLAM agrees with me, btw). Miller was a fantastic scorer— that’s, uhm, really it. Ray Allen is a superior passer and ball handler (did some point guard duties for the Sonics, something that Miller would NEVER EVER DO). Ray Allen was a pretty good rebounder for his size, while Reggie Miller, who is two and a half feet taller, got crap for his utter disinterest in rebounding the ball. Defense? Ray Allen was at least scrappy and smart. Reggie Miller just was dirty.
    Yeah, Reggie is a better scorer, but it’s not like the difference between Manu and Ray Allen— the difference between Allen and Miller is more of a draw bridge than the Golden Gate. I think when it’s all said and done, Ray Allen will be looked superior. He’s got a ring. Yeah, Reggie Miller carried his team further as the leader, but it was a ridiculously underrated team (Mark Jackson stand up!)

  • The Philosopher

    Ray is playing in a weaker era than Reggie did.

  • The Philosopher

    And, his team LOOKED underrated.
    Without Reggie they are a lottery team.
    Even with Person and Smits. (maybe a stretch)
    Reggie is more clutch than Ray.

  • http://sdjkflf.com Jukai

    Is Reggie more clutch than Ray….
    Or did Reggie have to take more clutch shots cause his team wasn’t as good?
    Sorry, Ray Allen is a better all-around player. It’s pretty much the difference between one spot, but I just think Reggie Miller was a rich man’s Michael Redd. He could SCORE. Could you count on Reggie doing ANYTHING else?

  • total scrotal implosion

    Manu is top 10 mos def. Better defender, passer, rebounder than ray. And better handles. Ray was a better pure shooter, but the finals arent a 3pt contest, what did ray shoot in 2010 finals? Exactly. Manu had a great playoffs, he always does when healthy, he damn near won finals mvp in 05.

  • http://sdjkflf.com Jukai

    While bringing up Allen’s shooting percentages in the 2010 finals is fair game, Manu has had some AWFUL playoff series. Not a good idea to bring that in the debate.

  • JTaylor21

    Jukai you can’t really believe that Ray Ray is more clutch than Reggie (a player renounced for his clutch abilities during the era of MJ). The fact that people in the 90s and today remember Reggie for his clutchness at the same time MJ was playing should tell you all you need to know. Also ray allen has NEVER being a great defender and I don’t know why people would think that. Is it because all of a sudden because he went to boston where they had one of the best defenders of this era (KG) and the best defensive coach (Thabeu) people swear his this GREAT defensive force instead of giving a MAJOR of the credit to a great help defensive team.

  • JTaylor21

    @TSI you can’t be SERIOUS about Manu “third best player on my team” Ginobli being Top 10, joking right? Manu has never being a great player for an extended period of time and has had the luxury of playing with All-Time great players for his WHOLE career. Do you think that Manu can be the MAIN factor for a team and the MAIN focus of defenses night in and night out and still carry a team to the playoffs let alone win a chip. I DOUBT it but DO you?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Jukai: Sure Miller was dirty on defense–but that worked in his favour a lot of the time. So I don’t get how that’s a knock on his defensive game.
    Miller is definitely not overrated, and if anything SLAM underrated the hell out of him by not including him in their Top 50.
    I’m not saying there is a clear-cut “Who’s better?” between Reggie Miller and Ray Allen, but you definitely can’t say Mr. Shuttlesworth is FOR SURE the better player.
    That said, keep in mind that Reggie Miller and Jesus Shuttlesworth are two of my favorite ball players of all time.

  • The Philosopher

    Jukai:
    Reggie had the better mid range game. Reggie was better off screens. Reggie is the better shooter. Reggie is the better scorer, which you’ve correctly alluded to.
    And, yes, Reggie is among the most clutch players in NBA History.
    Even if Reggie had to take more clutch shots…
    What do you mean when you state “because his team wasn’t as good” concerning Reggie Miller’s clutchness?
    Let us say that his teams weren’t good.
    That means he has to be more clutch in order for his team to succeed.
    Further validating his greatness.

  • The Philosopher

    Also, Reggie as you know, had the most dangerous step back jumper in The History of The League.
    Unlimited range and accurate from unlimited range.
    Body Ray a few good times, and you are in his head.
    Ever since UConn he had that tendency.
    Reggie was mentally tougher than Ray, enabling him to overcome his perceived shortcomings.
    Yeah, Ray can play the point, and what not…
    He has become an overrated defender.
    Reggie is an underrated defender and passer.

  • hammer

    Manu? People r putting manu as a top 10 list of sg gr8ts!? Dam. Manu’s prime yrs and as 1 of the top players n the league lasted bout 5yrs(’03-’08). He isn’t a HOFamer plus he wasn’t even the focal point on his own team. I already listed the top 5 sg earlier 2day. Now here r 6-15. Iverson,dumars,pisto pete,sam jones and som1 who everybody here has forgotten 2 mention:earl the pearl, miller,shuttlesworth,wade,mitch richmond and david thompson. That’s top 15. And there STILL no room 4 manu there. It just surprises me how some people here have such short memories

  • http://slamonline.com Dave.

    When the ’92 Finals were on I saw the best piece of courtside graffiti ever:
    “To Air is human, to Glide is divine. GO BLAZERS.”

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Cosign JTaylor21, Clyde doesn’t get enough respect and did play in MJ shadow, but these Highlights refreshing my memory and got me thinking he might be top 10 dunker all time now.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Juks.. Manu is.. a better defender, he hustles all the time, he’s a better passer and way better at creating offense.. ball handler and far superior slasher. contrary to what you said ray’s better offense (though not by a big margin imo) wont overshadow everything else manu is better at. he is as clutch as ray and has a bigger impact on changing the game because of what he can do on defense..

  • MusketeerX

    Clyde was a freak… just an awesome freak. Jealous of his athleticism.

  • cheers

    Clyde was very underrated so was mitch richmond. Mitch was a beast during his days in the warriors and the kings. So sad they played during the Jordan era.

  • cheers

    some recommendation for old time sake video
    ron harper (was a beast before the injuries)
    mitch richmond (was a beast, but played in the jordan era)
    bryan scott (a great contributor to a dynasty; exciting player)
    robert horry (Definition of clutch)
    jerome kersey (exciting player)
    tracy mcgrady (my 2nd favorite player)

  • http://sdjkflf.com Jukai

    JTaylor21: No one ever looked at Ray Allen as a great defender, even now. But he was always adequate. The same could not be said for Miller, who was subpar on defense, but tripped up a guy once or twice to stop a drive so people consider him ‘decent.’ He wasn’t.
    Teddy-the-Bear: Of course there’s no clear cut better player. I have Reggie at eight and Miller at nine, so that is a DEFINITE sign that either could be interchangeable. I just think people value Reggie way too much.
    The Philosopher: Reggie was a subpar defender and an AWFUL passer. Reggie looked to score and that’s what he did. As I said, he’s a rich man’s Michael Redd. His offense was incredible, some of the best the league has seen. But his one dimensional play limits him in my mind.
    J: Manu’s not a better slasher, not is he better at creating offense. Watch some Ray Allen videos.

  • haslem

    ray allen>reggie miller. those pacers were a damn good team, not just a bunch of scrubs carried by reggie. ray would have killed to play with some rebounders in his prime, reggie played with rik smits, the davis brothers, detlemph, and playmakers such as mark jackson as well as jalen rose straight up ballin’ easing the offensive pressure on him. that 2004 sonics was him and a young rashard lewis and THATS it and they still won 52 games. people forget his bucks squad were a game away from the nba finals despite their starting center being ervin ‘no magic’ johnson. ray rays got more all star selections an all nba second team which reggie could never crack and at the end of the day a championship. the argument that reggie’s era was more intense isn’t fair. sure, jordan stands out as a peer, but don’t forget ray ray was playing against kobe bryant, allen iverson, tracy mcgrady, vince carter, not to mention less talented but still quality two guards such as michael redd and gilbert arenas, and shooters like peja. d-wade was a beast. if anything his era had more competitive players at his position/skill set than reggie did. I can only think of MJ, mitch ritchmond, the tail end of clyde’s career, sporadic flashes of brilliance from sprewell and a few golden years from glen rice. Ray Ray didn’t have it any easier.

  • jammal o

    wow, those 89 stats are crazy, almost lebronish

  • http://www.shawnkemp.com Masr

    im still a young kid so can someone please tell me some ones game in the league right now compared to drexler (never got to see him play)? It goes without saying i love basketball and love playing it so i want to be a student of the game.

  • PlanetAsia14

    Top Five shooting guard of all time, without a doubt.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Great mix, god awful music choice.

  • jumpman22cn

    Great stuff, one of my avourites. Those plays were just “like clubbing baby seals” . ^^

  • James aka…

    heres a hypothetical. What would have been better, Jordan and Drex or Jordan and Pipp. I think Pipp complemented Jordan perfectly, but would drex have made up for more than you lost with pipps D with his scoring? Could you have been looking at a gigantic backcourt duo of jordan at the 2 and drex at the 1, or even at the 2 and 3 like the bulls? I could see them going for 55 ppg for a few seasons.

  • L

    @2:03 sick finger roll. Gotta love the glyde..L

  • The Philosopher

    @Masr:
    Vince Carter is as close as you get to Clyde Drexler today.

  • http://sfdjklf.com Jukai

    Masr: Think Andre Iguadala in form and strength and body, but with the skillsets (as The Philosopher said) of Vince Carter, in terms of handles and passing and rebounding and hangtime… and the passion to continue to USE those skillsets to his full potential, even when his knees were going.
    That’s the most apt description of Clyde I can give.

  • hammer

    @masr. 1 player that does resemble drex would b lebron. And no I am no lebron fan @ all. Lebron tho is more bigger and stronger that drex was. But the way drex would steam down the court is how lebron does now. And drex would posturize some1 n the process as well. Drex also would attack the rim like lebron does. Their fg percentages r similar @ 47 percent. Drex was a better 3pt shooter tho @ 37 percent while lebron I believe is between 31-33 percent. He’s about the only 1 out there that kinda reminds u of clyde. A more powerful clyde tho

  • http://sfdjklf.com Jukai

    ^^^
    Not a bad comparison actually. I think Lebron’s a lot faster and flashier, but hey, it’s as good as any comparison

  • dma

    yeah it is a terrible choice for music. song is so angry and clyde is a nice soft spoken guy.

  • hammer

    @ jukai. Good point. Lebron is faster and flashier

  • http://thephotoriot.com davidR

    those 2 finger rolls at 1:57 are ridiculously beautiful

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