26 Facts About Clyde Drexler

1. Clyde Drexler was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004.

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2. Clyde Drexler left school after his junior season at Houston, and his selection in the 1983 NBA Draft ultimately impacted the 1984 NBA Draft as well.

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3. Clyde Drexler was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

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4. Clyde Drexler stayed with the Trail Blazers for more than eleven seasons, going to the playoffs each year.

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5. In 1983 Clyde Drexler decided to forego his senior year in college and entered the professional NBA draft pool.

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6. Clyde Drexler finished as a record holder in career steals with 268.

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7. Clyde Drexler was the focal point of Houston's transition game, excelling more as a scorer than as a shooter.

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8. Clyde Drexler described his team's semifinal game against Louisville at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Final Four as the highlight of his college career.

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9. At the age of twelve, Clyde Drexler enrolled in a martial arts class at the urging of a neighbor.

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10. Clyde Drexler is stalking greatness, but his fame outside Portland and his native Houston is limited.

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11. Clyde Drexler viewed coaching as "a natural progression after being involved with the game for 20 years", reported Los Angeles Times contributor Lonnie White.

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12. Clyde Drexler had sealed his status as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, an honor bestowed on him in 1997.

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13. Clyde Drexler was not among the players initially named to the United States Olympic basketball team.

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14. Clyde Drexler established himself in Portland as a man of few words who guarded his privacy intensely.

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15. Clyde Drexler told Sports Illustrated that his six-foot-plus brother, whose athletic career was cut short by work responsibilities, was talented and a good teacher.

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16. Clyde Drexler made a name for himself as one of the sport's greatest players in Portland, but a championship eluded him until his first year with the Houston Rockets, 1995.

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17. Clyde Drexler was the fourth celebrity to be voted off in round five on April 17, 2007.

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18. Clyde Drexler wrote the introduction to the children's book Shrews Can't Hoop.

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19. Clyde Drexler started investing in real estate in his rookie NBA season, and although he is mostly retired, he does do some managing of his Drexler Holdings LLC, based in downtown Houston.

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20. In 2014 Clyde Drexler married his second wife, Tonya, whom he had met through fellow NBA star Dominique Wilkins.

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21. Clyde Drexler set a Trail Blazer record in 1989 by dunking on an 11' 1" rim.

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22. Clyde Drexler was inducted as a player into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on September 10, 2004, in his first year of eligibility.

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23. At the University of Houston, Clyde Drexler became well known for his exceptional abilities as a finisher, but generally was not considered a great shooter.

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24. Clyde Drexler averaged 7.7 points in 17.2 minutes per game in his rookie season.

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25. Clyde Drexler currently serves as a color commentator for Houston Rockets home games.

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26. Clyde Drexler won an Olympic gold medal in 1992 as part of the 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team and an NBA Championship in 1995 with the Houston Rockets.

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