Clyde Drexler on Dream Team experience 20 years ago
Former NBA and team USA player Clyde Drexler recalls his experiences with the 1992 Olympics Dream Team - 6/12
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A cloud -- a member of the nicer guys you dream team that documentary clouds coming out tomorrow. And one thing about what -- about the document that people are incidents is this intra squad scrimmage but you guys had in 92 do you remember that scrimmage. I do remember that scrimmage briefly. It was a great moment -- competing. It was a lot of fun was it. An image in my mind it was it was not game quality competitive but it was just you know. -- you -- to attack prepared coaches and players used to return prepare themselves to get ready for the games it was a very Nomar. When you're in the middle of the game like that do you realize the context of it you realize like you think about while this is -- every telling. -- my kids my family for years to come. Absolutely does this guy is so busy thinking about what you need to do to try to win that -- scrimmage. Besides you probably have ten things that they know you are hurting you that you get that -- focusing on and so what -- what's actually occurring. Who took that scrimmage the most seriously. Do you know what to do it -- need. It'd be hard I'd be hard pressed to tell you I can tell you didn't take your pitchers would prefer. You. Guys like Chris -- just talked to Larry Bird myself hopes. -- -- -- replayed every practice the way we did to prepare ourselves for the game and that -- some guys who jaw advantage other and they were probably taken it a little bit more seriously. It was the biggest trash talker on that team. Unknown outside talkative guys who like to do is instigate a little bit. You know if you if you ever around Magic Johnson you know he's gonna keep it loudly with companies got something going on the and Michael Jordan pretty much the same way. They're competitive guys. Not gonna Clyde Drexler NBA hall of Famer member of the 1992 dream team the documentary. Is on NB ATV tomorrow at 9 PM -- you guys basic cruised through the 92 Olympics mean with. What were the -- fun at all or was it just you know just complete blowout was that just boring. To gain a lot of fun every time you win it's a lot of fun. Some of them were more complete blowouts and just not competitive. But for the most part they all were competitive but -- the team just played so well. That team had ballots that had been the versatility. That shot blocking it and defense. Transitions skills. And so everyone and that he wasn't what the leaders and knew how to play the game and that's why we're still talking about it twenty years later. Did you get any sense back then that the international game would grow to the point that has today. She's out because you know every every country wanted to improve their standing in the sport of basketball. And so the USA is that a leader in that department for many many years and so our coaches players of NBA have for many years to help. To trying to. Dallas Cuban national competitiveness by going out there and give -- camps and clinics and working with the younger players. -- one of the last players actually picked for that team did you go into the at the Olympics without a chip on your shoulder. I had to -- moment shows every day believe me. Until I have -- my team to the final. The running for MVP of the league -- no question people Vasquez ten -- Why you're not selected monitoring team when you got to have like Magic Johnson who who didn't play that year. Larry Bird who haven't chronic back injury problems with the so the bigger question -- have to provide to a three months failure was very wise you know military. -- of course of my answer is always saying you can't worry about things that you don't control. Lured by the NBA season and that's all of that I can control. When you got there did you go into those games -- be the leading score every single night. Not at all not at all -- You know. Anybody that came could have been in -- scores they wanted to be in the united on any given game. So if you're the only guy you're gonna get the ball he's going to be -- but if not we're gonna make that capacity open guy. And we're gonna exploit their defense because we want to make the game's simple. You were so competitive with a guy like Michael Jordan throw your professional career. When you get those type situations that you guys buddies he grew up for Beers and what's the what's the talent. We were we're teammates but this. You can put a good quality competitiveness aside from that the NBA season. You know it's really hard to do that because -- both very competitive and these -- guys you know back in the day which I don't think of the same today guys. Back -- -- -- when you really like our competitive we've certainly respected them. You because you have so many wars against him and have to fight you know to do nailed -- really like them and so that that was motivation to play harder against them when you played against the but now guys giving -- -- -- give it up against your opponent you you know we just weren't taught that way we were taught to respect them but certainly you don't have to like. I've -- we get rid Jack McCallum on in last I want thinks he said that was that. After John Stockton got hurt you know that the music the push from the public maybe have Isiah Thomas on that team would set the players. Didn't want Isaiah Thomas on that team your member of that. Yeah I do remember that and and and I've always wondered what players. Because they're never actually it's like I think what you've got players to give other players you got a real problem you should never let players pick who's on the team because. You know you may not like together they're considered because -- he'd probably be Q are -- to -- a competitor. That's his job to play hard so you can't hate him because he's a good competitor. It's not your job as a player to pick -- players so. Whenever you have a system like that it's a flawed system. And I've never bought into that it's up to the governing body could pick the best players possible. But that particular team -- -- and I don't care who doesn't like anybody is not their job we don't care get over it. If they ask you. About Isaiah Thomas what would you set. -- site before they picked me to take because I've answered a question for about two months. (%expletive) you know -- poor guys that should have been on the team already including myself -- like Isaiah. Dominic James Worthy how do you not put those four guys on the team and that is why do you keep asking me do I think I'm gonna make -- team. Streets of that goes to my questions before actually were selected. -- -- Gold medal there of safety deposit box safely tucked away probably haven't looked better since nineteen attitude. You don't take it out where to parties. Not yet done so but might do in the future -- How -- room without. Why why why do you keep and they want to have a around the house or something. But it guide your pregnant may lose it includes an electric in. No no you may miss places. Where would you miss place photographed grass -- probably never lose anything. I I haven't I'm not sure I can I leave the gold medal my couch cushion you hope that. -- Unfortunately live -- and and.