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Clyde Drexler

Clyde Austin Drexler is an American former professional basketball player, the commissioner of the Big3 3-on-3 basketball league. Nicknamed "Clyde the Glide", he played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association, spending a majority of his career with the Portland Trail Blazers before finishing with the Houston Rockets, he was a ten-time NBA All-Star and named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Drexler won an NBA championship with Houston in 1995, earned a gold medal on the 1992 United States Olympic team known as "The Dream Team", he was inducted twice into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, in 2004 for his individual career and in 2010 as a member of the "Dream Team". He serves as a color commentator for Houston Rockets home games. Born in New Orleans, Drexler lived in the South Park area in Houston and attended Ross Sterling High School in Houston, where he was a classmate of tennis player Zina Garrison; as a sophomore, he made the varsity baseball team, tried out for the basketball team but failed to make the cut.

Drexler played as a 6 ft 6 in center as a senior. He began receiving attention from college coaches following a 34-point, 27-rebound performance against Sharpstown High School during a 1979 Christmas tournament. After graduating in 1980, he was recruited by New Mexico State University, Texas Tech University, the University of Houston, the latter after childhood friend Michael Young told an assistant to head coach Guy V. Lewis that Drexler was the best player he had faced in high school. Drexler worked at a bank during the summer. Lewis recalled in 2003 that he received hate mail from Houston supporters and alumni for recruiting Drexler, as they felt that he was not good enough to play for the school. Drexler and Young, along with Larry Micheaux and new recruit Hakeem Olajuwon, comprised the "Phi Slama Jama" basketball fraternity that gained national attention for its acrobatic, above-the-rim play. New players were "initiated" into the fraternity by having to stand underneath the basket as Drexler drove in from halfcourt and threw down a tomahawk slam over them.

Houston made the first of Drexler's two straight Final Four appearances in 1982, where they lost to eventual champions North Carolina. He averaged 15.2 points and 10.5 rebounds per game as a small forward as Houston finished 25–8. The 1982–83 campaign saw Houston return to the Final Four ranked No. 1. They were matched up against No. 2 Louisville and the "Doctors of Dunk" in the semifinals, which Houston won 94–81 following a brilliant dunking display by both sides, including a double-pump slam by Drexler that Sports Illustrated writer Curry Kirkpatrick called "your basic play of the century". He finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists, but in the championship game against North Carolina State, Drexler failed to make an impact after picking up four fouls before halftime, scored only four points on one-of-five shooting and two free throws in NC State's upset victory. Drexler declared for the NBA draft as a junior, leaving Houston with career averages of 14.4 points, 3.3 assists and 9.9 rebounds in three seasons.

In addition to being named the Southwestern Conference Player of the Year and a first-team All American his final season, he remains the only player in school history with combined totals of at least 1,000 career points, 900 rebounds and 300 assists, in addition to being Houston's all-time steals leader with 268. In the 1983 NBA draft Drexler was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 14th overall pick, he averaged 7.7 points in 17.2 minutes per game in his rookie season. His second season was his breakout season, in which he averaged 17.2 points, 6 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.2 steals per game. In his third season, Drexler made his first All-Star team while averaging 18.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 8 assists and 2.6 steals. In the 1989–1990 season, Drexler led the Portland Trail Blazers to the NBA Finals, averaging 26.4 points and 7.8 rebounds, but his team lost to the Detroit Pistons in five games. In the 1990–1991 season Drexler led Portland to a franchise best 63–19 record. Favored to win the West, the Los Angeles Lakers upset the Trail Blazers by winning the Western Conference Finals.

In the 1991–92 season he made the All-NBA First Team and finished second to Michael Jordan in MVP voting. He met Jordan's Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals that same season only to fall short, as Jordan and the Bulls went on to win their second consecutive championship. In the six-game series against Chicago, Drexler averaged 24.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. In 1992, he was selected to the U. S. Olympic basketball team, nicknamed "The Dream Team". On February 14, 1995, with the Blazers out of serious contention for a championship, Portland honored Drexler's request to be traded to a contender and sent the Blazer great back home to the Houston Rockets, along with Tracy Murray in exchange for Otis Thorpe, the draft rights of Marcelo Nicola, a 1995 first round draft pick in mid-season, right before the trade deadline. Despite finishing the regular season with a record of 47–35, which placed the Rockets 6th out of 8 playoff teams in the Western Conference and long-time friend Hakeem Olajuwon helped propel them to an improbable second consecutive championship in 1995, sweeping the Orlando Magic.

In his third and final NBA Finals appearance, Drexler averaged 21.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game. During the 1995 NBA Playoffs, Drexler was ejected during a game between the Rockets and the Phoenix Suns by refe

Melanie Domaschenz

Melanie Domaschenz is an Australian wheelchair basketball player, part of the Australia women's national wheelchair basketball team. She won a silver medal at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens and a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing with the Australia women's national wheelchair basketball team, known as the Gliders. Melanie Domaschenz was born in Victoria, on 13 October 1983 with spina bifida, she is nicknamed "Doma". She was educated at Grovedale Primary and Grovedale Secondary College, lives in the Geelong suburb of Marshall. In addition to playing wheelchair basketball, Domaschenz has competed at a national level in archery. Domaschenz is a 1 point player, who plays guard, wears the number four, she began competing in wheelchair basketball in 1993 and first represented Australia in the sport in 2003. That year Domaschenz won a gold medal as part of the Under 20 Australian team at the New Zealand National Basketball tournament, she made her debut with the Australia women's national wheelchair basketball team, known as the Gliders, at the North American Cup, at the United States championships that year.

She was selected for the Gliders for the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, won a silver medal there. She said that her greatest sporting moment was Australia's one-point defeat of the United States. Domaschenz played in the Under 23 Asia-Oceania Junior Championships Malaysia in 2005, she was with the Gliders again at the 2005 Oceania Qualifying Tournament in Goyang in South Korea, at the 2006 IWBF World Championship in Amsterdam, where the Gliders were fourth. In 2007 Wheelchair Sports Victoria named Domaschenz their best female athlete in a team sport, she played for the Gliders at the 2008 Roosevelt Tournament and North America Cup, at the Osaka Cup Japan in 2008. She achieved Paralympic selection a second time in 2008, won a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, she was part of the team at the 2010 IWBF World Championship in Birmingham, England, in which the Gliders were again placed fourth, at the 2010 Paralympic World Cup in Manchester. Although Domaschenz attended the Gliders' training camp in January 2012, she missed out on selection and was omitted from the Gliders squad for the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games in London.

However, Domaschenz returned to the Gliders line up for the 2013 Osaka Cup in Japan, where the Gliders defended the title they had won in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012. In addition to playing for the national team, Domaschenz has played for the Dandenong Rangers in the Women's National Wheelchair Basketball League, she was part of the team that won back-to-back championships in 2001 and 2012. In 2013, the team has been renamed "Victoria", but Domaschenz continues to play in the number four jersey

Adam Gierek

Adam Gierek is a Polish politician and Member of the European Parliament for the Silesian Voivodship with the Democratic Left Alliance-Labor Union, part of the Socialist Group and sits on the European Parliament's Committee on Industry and Energy. He is a son of Edward Gierek. Gierek is a substitute for the Committee on Culture and Education, a member of the Delegation to the EU-Kazakhstan, EU-Kyrgyzstan and EU-Uzbekistan Parliamentary Cooperation Committees, for relations with Tajikistan and Mongolia and a substitute for the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. 1961: Master's in Engineering 1965: Doctorate 1968: Assistant professor 1972: Associate professor 1978: Professor of technical sciences Since 1973: Associate member of the Polish Academy of Sciences 1961-1962: Assistant 1962-1965: Post-graduate doctoral student in Moscow 1965-1968: Tutor 1968-1972: Assistant professor since 1972: Professor at the Silesian University of Technology 1969-1972: Head of the foundry institute 1972-1982: Head of the Metallurgical Sciences and Technology Department, director of the Institute of Materials Engineering 1982-1989: Visiting professor at the Technische Universität Dresden Head of the Department of Materials Technology Since 1994: Head of the Department of Technology, Metal Alloys and Composites 2001-2004: Senator of the Republic of Poland, member of the Committee on Science and Sport 2001-2003: Member of the Committee on Legislation and Order 2004: Member of the Committee on Environmental Protection Since 1970: Member of the Polish Federation of Engineering Associations Member of the board of the All-Poland E Since 2001: Gierek Association Member of the Polish Nuclear Society and committees of the Polish Academy of Sciences Order of the'Banner of Labour, Second Class', Knight's Cross of the Order of Poland Reborn, Gold Medal of Merit for Defence of the Nation, National Education MedalSee also: 2004 European Parliament election in Poland Official website Personal profile of Adam Gierek in the European Parliament's database of members Declaration of financial interests