Prior to getting traded to the Rockets during the 1994 season Clyde Drexler had been a seven-time All-Star, he was the most important player on two Portland teams which had reached the NBA Finals yet lost and he finished second in MVP voting after the 1991-92 season. Drexler was an accomplished star and perhaps, for a short period, he was the second best player in the NBA behind a guy named Jordan.
Yet Drexler heard the whispers.
"I heard, 'You've gone two times to the Finals and you haven't won. Do you think your career will be validated if you don't win one?' said Drexler about his inability to win a championship in Portland. "I said it's a team game. You can win if your team is good enough and if it's not, you're not going to win."
You see where this is going, right? There's a certain player in these NBA Finals who's been critiqued heavily for lapses on the biggest stage at the most critical time and for the lack of an NBA title. Drexler finally got his in 1995 with the Rocket...