"The MVP voting is closed," he says. "Basketball is a team game anyway. The goal is to win the championship. That is the team goal. That is my goal."
His best individual award this year might have arrived at a few minutes before midnight on Thursday. The door to the Rocket locker room opened. David Robinson entered. He was dressed in a bright and tailored blue suit, heading home and to summer vacation. He wanted, as losers traditionally do, to extend congratulations to the winners. He shook a few hands. He looked for Olajuwon.
"Where's Hakeem?" he asked Drexler.
"He's in the shower," Drexler replied.
"Well, tell him good luck."
"He really wants to see you. He's right there. In the shower."
"I don't know about that," Robinson said. "I don't know if I want to climb in the shower with the man."
"He really wants to see you," Drexler repeated.
The MVP of the NBA for 1995 shrugged mightily and went to the shower-room door in his bright blue suit. What could he do? He went inside to extend his congratulations. The man of the moment awaited.