Scottie Pippen Called Out Clyde Drexler For How He Acted, Played On The Dream Team: ‘His Energy Was Terrible, He Always Had His Head Down’

NBA legend Scottie Pippen called out fellow Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler for how he acted and played on The Dream Team. 

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The Dream Team was the 1992 United States basketball team. The roster featured Michael JordanCharles BarkleyKarl MaloneChris Mullin, Drexler, Patrick Ewing, Pippen, David RobinsonLarry BirdMagic JohnsonChristian Laettner and John Stockton.

“Occasionally, certain individuals tried to do too much,” Pippen wrote in his book. “The person who comes to mind is Clyde Drexler. Clyde, still hurting from losing to the Bulls in the Finals, was out to prove he belonged on the same level as Michael. As if the six games the teams had just played hadn’t proven the exact opposite.

“Here is what someone should have told him: ‘Clyde, you should feel fortunate. You are one of the best basketball players in the world. You’re just not Michael Jordan and that’s no crime. No one is.’

“His energy was terrible. He always had his head down and acted as if Michael and I were his adversaries, not his teammates. Clyde didn’t fit in with the whole team, and it was a shame.”

Drexler and the Portland Trail Blazers lost to Jordan, Pippen and the Chicago Bulls in the 1992 NBA Finals. Jordan averaged 35.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists and won Finals MVP for the second consecutive year.

Drexler put up 24.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game against the Bulls in the 1992 NBA Finals. However, he only shot 40.7% from the field.

Meanwhile, Jordan shot 52.6% overall. 

The Dream Team went undefeated in the 1992 Olympics. USA beat Croatia in the gold medal game. 

Every player from The Dream Team is in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame except for Laettner, who didn’t become a superstar in the NBA after being a dominant force in college at Duke.

Jordan and Pippen won six titles on the Bulls, while Drexler won his lone championship in 1995 as a member of the Houston Rockets. 

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