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Clutch City: Clyde Drexler

POSTED: Jun 4, 2015 1:36 PM ET

By Fran Blinebury


Clyde Drexler was a part of the Rockets' 1995 championship team.

"Clutch City" will air at 9 p.m. ET Monday, June 8, on NBA TV. Produced by the Sports Emmy Award-winning NBA TV Originals, "Clutch City" examines the Houston Rockets' 1993-94 and 1994-95 NBA Championship teams.

These are the then-and-now stories of some of the standout players from those teams:

Name: Clyde Drexler

Position: Shooting guard

Stats in 1994-95 season: 21.4 ppg, 4.4 apg, 7.0 rpg, 1.8 spg

Stats in 1994-95 postseason: 20.5 ppg, 5.0 apg, 7.0 rpg, 1.5 spg

His part in Clutch City: On Feb. 14, 1995, the then-Portland Trail Blazers star and former University of Houston great was brought back to his hometown in a blockbuster trade for Otis Thorpe that sent shockwaves through the league. The Rockets were criticized for breaking up their championship team. But Drexler was reunited with his old college teammate, Hakeem Olajuwon, and the pair of greats eventually ignited a fire that carried the Rockets to the second consecutive title. With an explosive first step and fierce competitive streak, Drexler saved the Rockets in the fourth quarter of the deciding Game 5 at Utah in the first round, inspired them emotionally by getting off a sickbed in the West semifinals at Phoenix and was everything the Rockets had hoped for in finally winning his first championship.

Best Shooting Guards: Clyde Drexler

Clyde Drexler was a ten-time All-Star and was named as one of basketball's 50 greatest players as of 1996.

After Clutch City: He played three more seasons in Houston and retired in 1998. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004 and spent two seasons as coach at University of Houston. Now, when he's not traveling the world as an NBA Global Ambassador, Drexler is an analyst for Root Sports Houston and splits his time living in Houston and Portland.