Basketball has come a long way since Dr. James Naismith invented the sport in December 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts, as a means to keep athletes in shape indoors during the colder months. Using just a peach basket, soccer shaped ball, and 13 sets of rules, the game we have grown to love today is a whole lot different than it originally was back in the day. In the NBA’s 72-year-old history, basketball has flourished into a global sport with millions of fans all over the world. It is also a dynamic sport that has evolved over the years. We have witnessed a special crop of players who revolutionized the game and became the face of the league during their time. Generational talents like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Lebron James became living legends of the sport. There were also the likes of Magic Johnson and his “Showtime” Los Angeles Lakers and Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors who created today’s modern-day dynasty. Indeed, from time to time, the NBA has consistently given birth to a rare breed of talents whose immense popularity became bigger than the game of basketball itself.
These superstars are popular among different types of fans, from those who love the game above all else to those who casually watch the NBA in their free time. Many of them though, have become lost in the current discussions, buried in the past and forever lost in the changing of time. Let’s relieve those big names and ballers in the past whose bright careers are worth noting. What are these former NBA studs doing with their lives today?
Clyde “The Glide” Drexler not only has the most impressive nicknames in the NBA but also has one of the most decorated careers in the entire sport of basketball. He is an Olympic Gold Medallist with the fabled 1992 United States men’s Olympic basketball team or “The Dream Team”, an NBA champion with the Houston Rockets and 10X NBA All-Star. The Swiss-knife wing brought in a unique flavor to the game in both style and substance and this allowed his No.22 jersey to be retired by the University of Houston, Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets.
Following his last season with the NBA in 1997 to 1998 with the Rockets, Clyde Drexler came back to his alma mater to lead the Cougars as head coach. In 2008, Drexler returned to his former team and became a color commentator for the Rockers for numerous years. In 2018, The Glide secured a job as commissioner of Ice Cube’s BIG3 league which featured former NBA stars and Hall of Famers.