The trade the Rockets denied that would’ve created the ultimate Michael Jordan-led super team
Basketball fan or not, when you hear the name Jordan it normally resonates with the legendary basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan. He’s a 14 time All-star, 11 time All-NBA, 6 time NBA Champion, 5 time MVP, and the list goes on. His career is truly an impressive basketball resume of epic proportions.
Clyde “the Glide” Drexler may not be a household name like he used to be, but he is no slouch compared to Jordan’s acumen. A fellow Hall of Famer, NBA champion, 10 time All-star, 5 time All-NBA, Drexler was one of the many greats playing in Jordan’s era.
That time was arguably the best collection of talent in the league, but many of the greats were unfortunately denied a championship due to Jordan’s ascension.
The Chicago Bulls won six championships in between 1991-98. The first three-peat was comprised of the championship trio of Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Horace Grant, while the second three-peat was with Jordan, Pippen, and Dennis Rodman.
All great players and teams in their own right, but can you imagine Michael Jordan, Clyde Drexler, and Hakeem Olajuwon together? That would have been the greatest basketball trinity to date!
According to Olajuwon’s book “Living the Dream”, it could have well happened. The story goes that the Blazers offered Clyde Drexler and the No. 2 overall pick in the 1984 draft for Rocket star big man Ralph Sampson.
We could have had a Hakeem Olajuwon at first and Michael Jordan at second pick, with a Clyde Drexler freshly flipped by Portland in Houston. Let it sink in and imagine the possibilities.
If you think Jordan was a handful with his athleticism during this time, just imagine having another athletic specimen in Drexler, and the unstoppable offensive repertoire in the post of Olajuwon. Defenses around the league would go insane trying to cover all three.
Clearly, the Rockets Big Three would dominate the league on paper, but would they get it together? Would they get the needed role players to ignite this dynasty? Would egos collide? Would Jordan still be arguably the Greatest of All Time with Olajuwon and Drexler at the wing? How many rings could they have possibly won?
Sadly, fate had other plans. We got robbed by the basketball gods in witnessing the greatest trinity in basketball, and the rest is history. Jordan is a six-time champion. On the other hand, Olajuwon a two-time champion, winning his second one with Drexler.
For all it’s worth, any basketball enthusiast would trade a heartbeat just to see these three Hall of Famers play as teammates during their prime. It would definitely be a sight to behold how these three would turn the basketball world upside down.
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