Basketball player Clyde Drexler: biography, sports career and interesting facts
Drexler Clyde is a basketball player whobecame famous for his performances for the Portland Blazers and Houston Rockets teams. The player is considered one of the main station wagons in the history of the NBA. Especially effective Clyde played in the attack. At the same time, Drexler forever secured the count in the list of the best attacking defenders.
Drexler Clyde was born in New Orleans on June 221962. A few years after replenishment in the family, the baby's parents decided to move to Houston. It was here that Clyde successfully graduated from high school, and then entered the local university.
Once in high school, a guyquickly won a place in the core of the student basketball team. Over the course of several playing seasons, Clyde Drexler secured statistics: at least 10 rebounds per match and 14 points scored.
In the end, young talent helped histhe university team called "Cougars" reached the final stage of the competition in the student basketball league of the season 1982/1983. Outstanding abilities and leadership on the site allowed him to enter the symbolic team of the best young players in the United States.
Clyde Drexler: Sports career
The first professional contract was proposedplayer in 1983 by the leadership of the team Portland Trail Blazers immediately after the completion of his performances for the university. In a series of starting matches for the new team, Clyde Drexler received no more than 17 minutes of playing time on the court. However, even this was enough to set the player at least 8 points in the team's piggy bank.
Quite soon Drexler found himself at the base. Already at the beginning of the second season in the NBA player gained an average of about 20 points, performed several interceptions and about 5 assists to the partners during the match. Later, his statistics only improved. Thus, Clyde Drexler began to regularly receive invitations to participate in the match of all the stars.
Team successful basketball player - "Portland Blazers" - almost every season reached the stage of the playoffs. However, it was not possible to realize the dream and get the champion title Clyde with partners.
"Portland" with Drexler for the first time was in the finals in 1990. However, the team from Detroit, who came out the winner from the 5-match series, won in the confrontation.
In the next season, the young star clubSet a record in the history of the NBA. At the end of the year, the team won 63 wins with 19 defeats. However, even a unique indicator did not allow the team to get the champion's rings. In the final, Clyde's team lost to Los Angeles, where the legendary Magic Johnson was shining at the time.
The best in Drexler's career is rightfully consideredseason 1991/1992, in the end of which the player was recognized as one of the 4 leading league basketball players. And this is not surprising, because Clyde managed to earn an average of 25 points per game for his team. Caught in the final series, the Blazers managed to win Michael Jordan from the Chicago Bulls in only 2 fights, losing to 4.
A number of failures in the final games forcedDrexler moved from "Portland" to the "Houston Rockets" team, with which the player signed the contract in 1995. After reuniting with several former university partners, he quickly adapted himself to the club, bringing in an average of 21 points per game. In the same year the team won the second title in a row. Thus, Drexler finally received the coveted champion ring.
Upon completion of the professional career of the player inIn 2001, Drexler Clyde permanently assigned the number "22". To date, the figure is removed from the available options for new players in the Houston team.
The decision to start coaching career ClydeDrexler adopted in 1998. Initially, the former player coached the university team of the home school. However, the work of the new coach did not bring any noticeable results. So, for two seasons the student team managed to win only 19 wins with 37 defeats.
In 2008, Drexler decided to devote moretime family. So I got a job as an assistant coach at the Denver Nuggets. Today Clyde is successfully engaged in commentary activities, serving matches of the native club "Houston Rockets".
Player statistics are as follows:
- participation in matches - 1086;
- points scored for a career - 22195 (an average of 20.4 per game);
- interceptions - 2207 (about 2 per match);
- rebounds - 6677 (6.1 per game);
- block shots - 719 (0,7 during the match);
- scoring transfers - 6125 (an average of 5.6 per game).
Clyde Drexler: personal life
A well-known basketball player - the father of four children, fromthree of them - from the current wife Heinell, with whom the player has been married since 1988. Sisters and brother Clyde are the owners of a network of catering establishments in Houston. Among them, special attention is attracted to the public grill restaurant 22 Bar, which is named after the number that was worn on his T-shirt Drexler during performances in the NBA.
After completing a professional career, Clydedecided to try myself as an actor. He repeatedly took part in individual episodes of a number of American comedic series. A special success was brought to the newly-made actor in the sitcom "Married ... with children".
In 2007, Clyde Drexler was invited to thepopular TV show "Dancing with the Stars". Here the partner of the former basketball player was the Russian champion in ballroom dancing Elena Grinenko. The pair managed to win only 8th position among 11 pairs.
It is noteworthy that during performances in the NBADrexler did not have a higher education. This once successful basketball player admitted to the public after the completion of his professional career. Officially a specialist in financial management, Clyde was only in 2001, graduating in absentia during university coaching.
Today the legend of American basketballlives with his family in the suburbs of Houston, where he has a large mansion, golf courses and, in his own words, everything that is required for a happy life.