Drexler says Dream Team pitied Magic Johnson because “he was going to die”

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Drexler says Dream Team pitied Magic Johnson because “he was going to die”
 

 
It is really hard to explain to people who are growing up now the spector that HIV/AIDS cast back in the late 1980s and early 1990s — it was a death sentence that you could get through s3x. There were drug regimines just coming on the market but nobody knew if they would work, nobody really knew what was going to happen to people who contracted the disease or how long you could live with it.

That was the environment around HIV-positive Magic Johnson and the Dream Team in 1992.

Long-time Sports Illustrated writer Jack McCallum has a new book coming out on the original Dream Team — a book I can’t wait to read — and Deadspin got some excerpts with Clyde Drexler talking about Magic on that team.

Drexler was never fond of Magic’s comeback — from the 1992 All-Star Game where Magic dropped 25 points — and those bitter feelings are still there.

“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 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.”

Wow. Bitter much?

I think these comments say a lot more about Drexler than they do about Magic or the Dream Team.

I cannot wait to read the entire book. This slice via Deadspin just whet my appetite.


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 5 years ago '09        #2
The Bully 352 heat pts352
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it's probably true
 5 years ago '04        #3
babalou 
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tell em why you mad Clyde
 5 years ago '04        #4
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 timdog said:
It is really hard to explain to people who are growing up now the spector that HIV/AIDS cast back in the late 1980s and early 1990s — it was a death sentence that you could get through s3x. There were drug regimines just coming on the market but nobody knew if they would work, nobody really knew what was going to happen to people who contracted the disease or how long you could live with it.

That was the environment around HIV-positive Magic Johnson and the Dream Team in 1992.

Long-time Sports Illustrated writer Jack McCallum has a new book coming out on the original Dream Team — a book I can’t wait to read — and Deadspin got some excerpts with Clyde Drexler talking about Magic on that team.

Drexler was never fond of Magic’s comeback — from the 1992 All-Star Game where Magic dropped 25 points — and those bitter feelings are still there.

“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 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.”

Wow. Bitter much?

I think these comments say a lot more about Drexler than they do about Magic or the Dream Team.

I cannot wait to read the entire book. This slice via Deadspin just whet my appetite.

was this posed to be funny kus i laughed my a.ss off at this drexler bitter a.ss
 5 years ago '05        #5
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i understand what he's saying...i just dont know if "pity" is the right word
 06-26-2012, 02:36 PM         #6
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this n*gga violated.
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AceBoogie 45 heat pts45
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with no regard for human life
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 NahSun said:
drexler mad his a.ss never got any recognition for anything in his life

vince carter's gonna be doing this same sh*t in 6 years
drex gotta ring lets not go that far
 5 years ago '09        #12
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 NahSun said:
drexler mad his a.ss never got any recognition for anything in his life

vince carter's gonna be doing this same sh*t in 6 years
everyone calls him a top 5 shooting guard of all-time
 5 years ago '06        #13
backtrack 1 heat pts
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Some bitter a.ss n*ggas in this world smh..
 5 years ago '04        #14
IceMan 28 heat pts28
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@ Clyde....


 5 years ago '11        #15
imtheman718 21 heat pts21
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but i cant even front, hes keeping it real
 5 years ago '08        #16
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Honest=/= bitter. Just because he ain't d!ck riding doesn't mean he's hating or jealous. He told the truth. Did Yall see Bobby Hurley k!lling Magic on that Dream Team special? Clyde didn't talk down on his pre-aids days. I'm not seeing the bitterness
 5 years ago '10        #17
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give him MAD props for actually saying what everyone THINKS. people who are "dying" get a ton more pity and niceness towards them in this world. don't hate, it's very very true.
 5 years ago '08        #18
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 NahSun said:
Jordan, Kobe, West, Havlicek, Barry, Gervin, and sh*t Wade's gonna be ahead of this dude before he's done also. I'd even put Miller, Iverson, and Thompson in the conversation of being better than Clyde.

Clyde was great, but he aint top 5.


I dunno, I have him tied w/Wade @ 5 behind Jordan, Kobe, West, and Hondo.
 5 years ago '04        #19
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 Deion said:
Honest=/= bitter. Just because he ain't d!ck riding doesn't mean he's hating or jealous. He told the truth. Did Yall see Bobby Hurley k!lling Magic on that Dream Team special? Clyde didn't talk down on his pre-aids days. I'm not seeing the bitterness
its fine line between honesty and being a as*hole and he walking it tight lol tho sh*t was funnt tho
 5 years ago '05        #20
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 NahSun said:
drexler mad his a.ss never got any recognition for anything in his life

vince carter's gonna be doing this same sh*t in 6 years
Dude is a NBA Champion, in the Hall Of Fame and named one the 50 Greatest players of ALL TIME. Guess you just felt like ...............


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