Clyde Drexler. (Photo by Mike Powell/Getty Images)
By Reid Cherner, USA TODAY
The 20th anniversary of the Dream Team has many of us believing that the Olympics was all about great basketball players jelling and then singing Kumbaya.
But the 12 players were hyper-competitive and held grudges.
Clyde Drexler tells writer Jack McCallum in the new book "Dream Team" that he begrudged Magic Johnson getting a spot and Michael Jordan keeping Isiah Thomas off.
He also thought that everyone thought Magic would die.
Drexler, one of the few players to support Johnson after an incident in which was bleeding on the court after his AIDs diagnosis, "I have no problem playing against him" wasn't as charitable in the summer of 1992.
"He couldn't play much by that time. He couldn't guard his shadow...but you have to have to understand what was going on then. Everybody kept waiting for Magic to die. Every time he'd run up the court everybody would feel sorry for the guy, and he'd get all that benefit of the doubt."
Johnson (25 points, 9 assists) was the 1992 All-Star Game MVP in a game in which Drexler had 22 points, 9 rebounds and six assists.
Said Drexler: "If we all knew Magic was going to live this long, I would've gotten the MVP of that game, and Magic probably wouldn't have made the Olympic team."
As for Jordan, Drexler said "when one player has the ability to leave another player off, we've lost control of the system." (Thanks to Deadspin for tip)