Jack McCallum, a renowned Sports Illustrated journalist, is releasing his latest book in July about his experiences following the Dream Team during the 1992 Olympics. While writing his book, he revisited several of the Dream Team players in 2011. One of the Dream Team players he interviewed was NBA Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler, who is quoted by McCallum making very controversial comments about Magic Johnson. Deadspin has the article:
Sports Illustrated’s Jack McCallum followed the Dream Team around during the 1992 Olympics, and he has a new book, Dream Team, which covers the team in great detail. McCallum writes about the NBA climate before Barcelona, the team’s various selection controversies, their legendary practices, and the games themselves.
McCallum also visits some of the Dream Teamers in 2011. One is Clyde Drexler, who hasn’t let go of his old bitter feelings about Magic Johnson, his HIV-afflicted teammate. Magic learned he was HIV-positive before the 1991 NBA season and retired quickly. He came back for the 1992 NBA All-Star Game, and had 25 points and nine assists. He also kept his spot on the Dream Team. Clyde was not pleased about any of that.
“Magic was always…” And Drexler goes into a decent Magic impression: “‘Come on, Clyde, come on, Clyde, get with me, get with me,’ and making all that noise. And, really, he couldn’t play much by that time. He couldn’t guard his shadow.”
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