Clyde Drexler Says Players Took Pity on Magic Johnson Because They Thought He Was Dying

This is one of those quotes where I understand what Clyde is saying, but probably something he should have kept to himself.

Maybe kept it too real.

“Magic was always…” And Drexler goes into a decent Magic impression: “‘Come on, Clyde, come on, Clyde, get with me, get with me,’ and making all that noise. And, really, he couldn’t play much by that time. He couldn’t guard his shadow.

“But you have to have to understand what was going on then. Everybody kept waiting for Magic to die. Every time he’d run up the court everybody would feel sorry for the guy, and he’d get all that benefit of the doubt. Magic came across like, ‘All this is my stuff.’ Really? Get outta here, dude. He was on the declining end of his career.”

Drexler had played exquisitely in the 1992 All-Star Game in Orlando, although the MVP award eventually went to Magic, who had been added by Commissioner Stern as a special thirteenth player to the Western Conference roster. “If we all knew Magic was going to live this long, I would’ve gotten the MVP of that game, and Magic probably wouldn’t have made the Olympic team.”

13 thoughts on “Clyde Drexler Says Players Took Pity on Magic Johnson Because They Thought He Was Dying

  • The worst part of what Clyde supposedly said is that Magic was on the decline of his career. Magic not only outplayed Clyde in the 1991 WCFs, leading to the Lakers’ upset of Clyde’s 1st seeded Blazers, but Magic was the clear cut MVP of that 92 ASG. Further, Barkley and Magic were EASILY the two best players throughout the entire 92 Olympic tournament (with the qualifying round being played in Portland). Clyde is seriously out of his mind if he thinks he deserved that 92 ASG MVP. I’ve read that he makes asinine comments as a broadcaster before. If he really said that, it’s apparently true. Also weird to see him begrudge Magic’s selection to the Olympic team being that he didn’t need to be an active NBA player to be selected anyway, but also because it was Clyde himself who got the spot rightfully reserved for Isiah Thomas (because Jordan/Pip didn’t want him on the team).

  • You covered it “zealot”….took the words right outta my mouth. I was a huge Drex fan back in the day. In fact, I believe Clyde impressed me because he was the better shooter…but all around game, Magic…all the way.
    WTF?????”Didn’t know he would live that long!”

    Are you serious, Clyde? Heartless bastard!
    Not a fan any longer.
    Magic, is all heart.


  • So where to begin…Forget Clyde!!! I’m not only a fan of the Lakers but a fan of the sport. To say Magic couldn’t guard his shadow…..Dude how dare u!!! Stats speak for themself…when u ask folks 20 yrs and under about “Clyde the glide” they look @ u with a lost face….that says it all! Now ask em who magic is….

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