Clyde the Glide: My Life in Basketball

Clyde the Glide: My Life in Basketball

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Overview

Through his fifteen-year career as an NBA player, Clyde Drexler played with elegance and flair, leadership and poise, integrity and an ability to come through in the clutch. He led the Portland Trail Blazers to the NBA Finals twice and helped the Houston Rockets win the NBA championship in 1995. A ten-time All-Star, a member of the 1992 Olympic Dream Team, and now a member of basketball’s Hall of Fame, Drexler reached the top of his profession without revealing many of his inner thoughts on himself or the game. Now, Clyde the Glide is finally ready to talk to his fans.

From growing up in a single-parent household to life as a local teen legend, and eventually getting teamed with Hakeem Olajuwon to guide the University of Houston into the NCAA Final Four twice in the early 1980s, Clyde the Glide tells it all. Famous NBA figures such as Maurice Lucas and Patrick Ewing even add their two cents. Without a doubt, Clyde the Glide is a must-read for every die-hard basketball fan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613210420
Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Kerry Eggers is a sportswriter who has covered Portland sports for more than forty years, writing for the Portland Tribune since its inception in 2001. He is a five-time winner of the Oregon Sportswriter of the Year Award and has covered major sporting events throughout his career, including the Summer Olympics, Super Bowl, World Series, and NBA Finals to name a few. He is the author of six books, including Blazers Profiles, Clyde the Glide, and The Civil War Rivalry: Oregon vs. Oregon State.

Table of Contents

Foreword vi

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 A Champion at Last 1

Chapter2 Growing Up 9

Chapter 3 A Sterling Start 35

Chapter 4 Becoming a Cougar 53

Chapter 5 Crashing the Final Four 67

Chapter 6 Phi Slama Jama 79

Chapter 7 Hello, City of Roses 107

Chapter8 Growing Pains 115

Chapter 9 Start Me Up 143

Chapter 10 Coming Into My Own 159

Chapter 11 Marriage, and the Right Coach 173

Chapter12 NBA Finals, Here We Come 199

Chapter 13 What Could Have Been 237

Chapter 14 Close Again, But No Cigar 257

Chapter 15 End of an Era 293

Chapter 16 Happy Valentine's Day 315

Chapter 17 Realizing My Dream 355

Chapter 18 Coach Drexler 369

Chapter19 Crashing the Hall of Fame 379

Chapter 20 Reflections on a Blessed Life 391

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