It’s not a story I looked forward to writing. But the conversation had to take place: Channing Frye’s future in Portland.
For those of you who have taken the time to read this blog over the past six-seven months, you know my take on Frye. After arriving in New York around the same time and both beginning our careers with the Knicks – Channing play, me writing – we landed in Portland the same summer.
It just happens that our paths have intersected more than once.
For me, he’s one of the great guys in this league. Always a good quote. Don’t feel bad about calling him goofy either. He calls himself goofy.
I’ve pretty much come to this conclusion though: if Frye were a cliché, he’d be “good guys finish last.”
Right before the Blazers embarked on their recent road trip back to Chicago, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Charlotte, I grabbed some time with Channing at the Rose Garden. Wanted to get his thoughts on his current predicament. Know it’s not an easy time for him. Also know his play has reverted back to when he first arrived in Portland.
Many will agree. When Frye is on the court, you almost forget he is.
Let me say this – the guy isn’t jaded. He’s not complaining. He’s not sulking.
If anything, Frye has read the writing on the wall and doesn’t like what it says.
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