Ryan over at Hoops Addict (one the best NBA sites on the freakin' planet) hit us up with an interview he had just done with Clyde or Mr. Drexler if you're nasty. Clyde is always up for some good conversation and Ryan is exceptional at putting that conversation down for readers. I'll just highlight a couple of my favorite parts, but make sure you head over to Hoops Addict to read the full deal.
I think Oden needs to read this one and realize his time will come and not everyone's rookie season is All-Star caliber:
McNeill: As a rookie you only averaged 7.7 points per game. Did you ever get frustrated that rookie season?And finally, it's always nice to reflect on the accomplishments of Drexler. It just feels like his career is underappreciated outside of Portland:
Drexler: I was frustrated my whole rookie season! It’s so frustrating when you know you can play and when you’re given an opportunity… I started a couple of games and I had something like 20 points and seven or eight rebounds. And then the next game I went back to playing 12 or 15 minutes. It was very frustrating because you want to play, you know you’ve proven yourself and you know you deserve to play. But, at that time, we had guys who were All-NBA second team in your position. So you had to earn your spot and that’s what I had to encounter.
McNeill: You ended your career joining Oscar Robertson and John Havlicek as the only players to top 20,000 points, 6,000 rebounds and 6,000 assists. What does being in that company with this record mean to you?Thanks again Ryan!
Drexler: That just means you played the total game and when guys like Oscar averaged 30 points, 11 assists and 12 rebounds for a season, to be in the same category with Oscar Robertson and John Havlicek just lets you know did a pretty decent job. I got lucky a lot, shall we say.