Michael Jordan is undeniably one of the greatest players of all time in the history of the NBA. Despite playing his last games decades ago, he is still the face of the league. Jordan’s determination to be better than everybody was quite known. Therefore, it hardly comes as a surprise that His Airness took offense when he was compared to the former Portland Trail Blazers star Clyde Drexler.
Notably, Jordan made his debut in the NBA in 1884 a year after Drexler was picked by the Blazers. Both of them were each other rivals on the court and faced each other off numerous times. The two gave tough competition to each other in every game. Jordan holds the record of 10-7 win-loss against Drexler during his illustrious NBA career.
Furthermore, in one of the episodes of the famous docuseries ‘The Last Dance‘, the Bulls star spoke about Drexler. He said, “Clyde was a threat. I’m not saying he wasn’t a threat, but me being compared to him, I took offense to that”. Due to this offense, Jordan ended up punishing the fellow Hall of Fame in his typical fashion during the 1992 NBA finals.
Michael Jordan dropped 39 points against Clyde Drexler in Game 1 of the 1992 NBA Finals
Michael Jordan has played endless games that became the talk of the town because of how fiercely he performed. Out of these, one that drew significant attention was his Game 1 of the 1992 NBA Finals which famously became known as ‘Shrug game’. Notably, Jordan took home his second consecutive championship title that day.
31 years ago today, Michael Jordan hit “The Shrug” during Game 1 of the 1992 NBA Finals. pic.twitter.com/yZiISZi2dW
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That game is one of the most iconic ones as Jordan seemed more unbeatable than ever. He recorded an impressive 6 three-pointers in the first half. After this, he shrugged it off in front of the fans and his rivals the Blazers. It seemed like he was totally going out against Drexler as he dropped a whopping 39 points during the game.
How is Michael Jordan’s relationship with Clyde Drexler now?
Michael Jordan and Clyde Drexler over the years developed mutual respect and love towards each other. The two became good friends after they retired from the league. Jordan revealed that he spends more time with Drexler now and they often talk about the iconic 92′ competition.
On the other hand, Drexler has also revealed that if he is in Florida then he definitely calls him up. He continued to talk about how they always see ways to meet up for a game or hang out. Notably, fans are always looking out to spot the two together in the headlines.