Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee
College Basketball Hall of Fame inductee
Clyde Drexler is widely regarded as one of the best players to ever don an NBA uniform. In 2018, Drexler was named Commissioner of the Big3 basketball league. He previously served as the color commentator for FSN Houston’s broadcast of Houston Rockets home games.
Drexler’s celebrity status also earned him spots on the popular television programs, “Dancing With The Stars” (2007) and “Pros vs. Joes” (2006).
Prior to his days in the broadcast booth, the New Orleans, LA-native served as the men’s head basketball coach at his alma mater, the University of Houston.
“The Glide” was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers as the 14th pick in 1983 NBA Draft and concluded his career with the Houston Rockets, helping lead them to an NBA Championship in 1995 over the Orlando Magic.The 10-time NBA All-Star was selected as one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players in 1996 and one of the 75 Greatest Players in 2022. His #22 was later retired by both the Trail Blazers and Rockets. In 2004, Drexler’s outstanding basketball resume led him to enshrinement into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Drexler was a member of the gold medal winning “Dream Team” at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. During eight games played in the international tournament, he averaged 10.5 points per game, 3.0 rebounds per game and 3.6 assists per game.
As a member of the renowned “Phi Slamma Jamma” at the University of Houston, Drexler helped lead the program to two straight NCAA Final Four appearances (1982 and 1983). Following his junior year, he was named a first-team NCAA All-American and Southwest Conference Player of the Year. The University of Houston retired his number in 1997.
In 1995, Drexler honored the city of Houston by establishing the Drexler Foundation, helping to fight illiteracy in the city where he played his collegiate career and delivered an NBA title. In 2004, Drexler wrote his biography “Clyde The Glide”, along with co-author Kerry Eggers.
Drexler resides in Houston.