Chat with Clyde Drexler
Drexler was a 10-time All-Star selection, while winning one NBA title. He scored 22,195 points in his 15-year career, during which he played with two teams (Portland, 12 seasons; Houston, 3 seasons). He was named to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time team in 1996, as well as earning a spot in the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004.
Drexler, currently a color commentator for the Houston Rockets, will also be on hand to explain how one fan can win a trip in a private jet to a college or pro basketball game of choice. That's right! One lucky winner and 10 friends will even meet Drexler during the trip. Enter by texting JET to 57533 or by visiting the Alltel "My Circle Hoops Getaway" website.
Send in your questions now and join Drexler at 4:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday!
Clyde Drexler (4:13 PM)
Delighted to be here; we are going to have a good time. I hope your New Year is off to a great start!
Was the old guy in the alltell comercial good?
Clyde Drexler (4:14 PM)
He was on his last wheels, we will say! Kind of hard to play basketball with a walker, but I think he was the better choice!
How did you get involved with the Alltel My Circle Hoops Getaway?
Clyde Drexler (4:16 PM)
Alltel is a quality company and you want to get in with a quality company. They are running a great promotion having to do with basketball, so it was an easy association. The promotion is called Hoops Getaway, and you go to alltelbasketball.com to enter, and if you win, you get to go to a regular season NBA or college basketball game of your choice, in a private jet, with ten of your friends. And I'll be there to make sure everything is okay. It is like a basketball lottery win for true basketball fans.
Mark (Shelton, CT)
Clyde what did you think of this year's Redeem team, and which team would win in a gold medal game the '92 Dream Team or the '08 Redeem Team?
Clyde Drexler (4:17 PM)
First off, I was very proud of the Redeem Team. I was on the selection committee, and we got our reputation and the gold medal back in its proper place. I think Jerry Colangelo did a great job putting the team together and Mike Krzyzewski did a great job coaching the team to victory. And I think the Redeem Team would have no chance, no chance at all, against the Dream Team. I may be bias, but there is only one Dream Team.
JON (NY, NY)
In the current league where there is no hand checking and no ruff play how much better would your numbers be?
Clyde Drexler (4:20 PM)
Oh, tremendously better, from shooting percentage to points per game everything would be up, and our old teams would score a lot more points, and that is saying something because we could score a lot back then. I do think there should be an asterisk next to some of these scoring leaders, because it is much different trying to score with a forearm in your face. It is harder to score with that resistance. You had to turn your back on guys defending you back in the day with all the hand checking that was going on. For guys who penetrate these days, it's hunting season. Yes, now you can play zone, but teams rarely do.
Kevin, Portland, OR
If Arvydas Sabonis had come over immediately after he was drafted in 1986, do you think you would have won a title with the Blazers?
Clyde Drexler (4:22 PM)
We would have had four, five or six titles. Guaranteed. He was that good. He could pass, shoot three pointers, had a great post game, and dominated the paint. And he would have been younger. He was very effective in the NBA as an older player who had suffered an ankle injury.
Peter (Portland Oregon)
Do you still follow the Blazers? Or is your focus exclusively Houston these days?
Clyde Drexler (4:23 PM)
My two favorite teams will always be the Blazers and Rockets. I played 11 and a half seasons for the Blazers, so I always keep up with the Blazers. I really like the way they are playing this season.
There have been a lot of comparisons around here, between you and Brandon Roy, both being shooting guards, and all-stars. Just wondering what your thoughts were on his game, and if you have noticed any similarities you have with him as a player
Clyde Drexler (4:24 PM)
I love watching him play. He is poised and confident and has a lot of talent. I do not, however, see the similarities. He is more under control at this stage in his career than I was. I like everything I see from him. I also like that he seems to be a very polite young man off the court.
Corey (Lexington, VA)
What was the biggest adjustment in your life after your retirement as a player? Thank you for chatting!
Clyde Drexler (4:26 PM)
The biggest adjustment was to realize that I did not have to take naps to get ready for a game. As an NBA player if you do not get your rest, you will be dead the night of a game. So you are used to taking all these naps and then all of a sudden I am out of my routine. It takes a while to get used to it.
Clyde Drexler (4:26 PM)
After you retire you can live a normal life, but I started coaching at Houston to help me during my transition.
Nathan , Oregon City, Oregon
What would you say your most memorable moment would be as a Trailblazer?
Clyde Drexler (4:27 PM)
It would be the first game I ever played in as a rookie. I was so proud to wear that jersey for a team that trusted me with the No. 1 pick. Everything else was down hill after that. That first moment in the league was the best, because I realized I made the team.
Other than MJ...who gave you the most problems as far as competing on the court offensively?
Clyde Drexler (4:29 PM)
MJ was tough, but he did not give me the most problems. Rolando Blackman gave me the most trouble. He had a great jab step, he could penetrate and shoot, and against me he never seemed to miss no matter how good my defense was. When he missed, I was shocked.
Clyde Drexler (4:29 PM)
What made MJ so hard to guard was he got up 35 shots.
Clyde Drexler (4:30 PM)
If he only got 16 shots he would not have been so hard to guard.
Clyde you are still my fav player of all time.. have you given thougths of maybe coaching again in college or even the NBA?
Clyde Drexler (4:30 PM)
First of all thank you very much. My youngest son is in 9th grade, when he leaves to go to college, I would love to coach or be a GM in the NBA. I look forward to it.
Clyde Drexler (4:34 PM)
That's my time. Don't forget to enter to win the Alltel Getaway because it will be off the hook! Remember, you get to go to a regular season game of your choice, and you get the jet, and you can bring ten friends. If you do not have ten friends...well, you'll get ten if you win this. And do not forget to register before the February 15 deadline, at alltelbasketball.com Pleasure speaking with you. Hope you have a great New Year, everyone!
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