You know Walt Frazier as the goofy color analyst for MSG, doing his best to mask the modern day Knick player’s imitation of what one might call “defense”, but his playing days were different. Frazier was cutthroat on the court, demanding of teammates and, most say, capable of stealing the ball whenever he wanted. Watching New York today must torture the man’s soul, but he shows up every night, blinding suit and all, with a smile on his face and a made up word on his tongue. He’s gone from fan favorite and All-World point guard to team mascot so seamlessly, very few players are as loyal and attached to their respective franchise like Frazier.
When we talk about Walt Frazier the player, we’re mentioning the glue which held arguably the greatest basketball team ever assembled together. The motivator, the catalyst. Just look at the numbers he posted in 1970! That season defined greatness in ways few players have matched since. So, can we call Walt Frazier a living legend? Usually, such a revered title comes with some random fact so preposterous upon first listen, it can’t possibly be true. Here’s Walt’s: In 1967, one season after sitting out his junior year due to academic issues at Southern Illinois University, Frazier averaged 12 rebounds a game. As the 6’4″ point guard.
Yes, the coast is clear. No need to cover your mouth or stifle a whisper. Shout it loud and proud: Clyde Frazier is a legend walking among us. The greatest Knick who ever lived.