Houston Rockets: What If Jordan, Hakeem and Drexler Played Together?

December 3rd, 2010 by Mike B. Leave a reply »
The dynamic duo of Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler steered the Houston Rockets to an NBA title in 1995.

It was the second and final championship for Olajuwon and the only of Drexler's career. But, just imagine how many the two Hall of Famers would have won if they had teamed with the greatest player in NBA history, Michael Jordan.

Those three on the same roster seems like a fairy tale, but according to Olajuwon, it very well could've happened. In his book "Living the Dream", he claimed that in 1984, the Portland Trail Blazers offered the Rockets the No. 2 overall pick in the draft as well as Drexler for star center Ralph Sampson.

The Rockets passed on the deal and kept Sampson to form a "Twin Towers" with Olajuwon, who was selected by Houston with the top pick in the '84 draft. Portland chose Sam Bowie second overall and Jordan wound up going to the Chicago Bulls third.

But what if the Rockets didn't turn down the deal and used that No. 2 pick to draft Jordan? The NBA's landscape would have changed dramatically. That's what would have happened.

Let's say the "Big Three" of "Air Jordan", "Hakeem The Dream", and "Clyde the ...

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