The Sweet Game of Walt “Clyde” Frazier

by Mark Benson on January 24, 2012

Sweet Game of Clyde

He is often called the epitome of New York Knickerbockers basketball. Quick, skillful and a lot of panache, Clyde’s playing days as an NBA guard has made him one of the household names in not only the game but life as well.

Clyde was drafted into the NBA in 1967 and became a member of the All-Rookie Team of 1968. He was instrumental in winning for the Gotham City squad two NBA championships, in 1970 and 1973 together with teammates Senator Bill Bradley, all time winningest championship coach Phil Jackson, the indomitable Willis Reed and shooter Dave Debuscherre. He was also named to seven NBA All-Star Teams.

Frazier was the record holder for the New York Knicks franchise for most played games, most points scored, assists, free throws attempted and made, field goals attempted and made until Patrick Ewing came along with his career. He was the MVP of the 1975 NBA All-Star Game and has been named as one of the Top 50 All-Time players in NBA history. He was unofficially named Mr. Knicks for a greater part of the seventies and eighties and his No. 10 jersey was retired by the Knicks organization in 1979.

One of the career highlights of Clyde was in Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals. Knicks versus the Lakers and the Knicks were handicapped, as Willis Reed had injured his knee in the previous game. Instead, Willis Reed came in and played the first five minutes hitting two shots. While this was the most remembered event for the game, it foreshadowed the game long brilliance of Frazier to lead the Knicks to their first ever championship. Frazier put up 36 points and 19 assists to single handedly win the game for the squad.

Not all of the battles Walt Frazier has faced though has he been able to come out on top. After his playing days, Frazier was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. This is also called adult onset diabetes and is often associated with poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle. Being flamboyant in his lifestyle at the height of his career carried well into retirement. This lead to his body being unable to produce the proper amount of insulin for blood glucose management.

Currently he is a color commentator for the New York Knicks home games as he continues to reside in New York. He is also a spokesperson for “Just for Men” hair products while living with the metabolic disease called adult onset diabetes.

The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of the Community and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Please see your doctor before making any changes to your diabetes management plan.

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