Channing Frye has been an integral part of the Cleveland Cavaliers since his 2016 arrival, but Thursday marked his last day with the organization.
Frye was part of the package the Cavaliers sent to the Los Angeles Lakers, and he posted a farewell message to Cleveland fans on Instagram, ending it with a rather humorous message.
Frye handles this with grace and class, and deserves to be commended for it. Even though this Cavs team is far from the juggernaut they have been in years past, it still can’t be easy to go from a playoff team in Cleveland to a Lakers squad that’s just playing out the string.
LeBron James spilled some tea recently about the somewhat chilly reception best friend Dwyane Wade got upon his arrival in Cleveland this offseason, and now more details are trickling in about who exactly James was referring to.
James told Jason Lloyd of The Athletic in a feature that ran on Thursday that some Cavaliers originally did not want to have Wade on the team.
“There was a couple of guys with it,” said the four-time MVP, according to Marcel Mutoni of SLAMOnline. “But it wasn’t a lot.”
“I still know what he’s capable of doing,” James added of Wade, previously his teammate for four seasons and two titles in Miami. “Why wouldn’t you want another guy in the locker room that brings a championship mentality and a guy who can still play? So, of course, it bothered me, but f— it. It is what it is.”
On Friday, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com revealed some names, specifically, veterans JR Smith, Channing Frye, and Iman Shumpert.
J.R. Smith had a big problem with Wade coming here initially, as Wade knocked him from the starting lineup. Channing Frye lost his best friend on the team, Richard Jefferson, because Wade took his spot on the roster. Iman Shumpert was not exactly doing back flips, as Wade (historically) plays off the ball, like Shumpert.
At least Smith in particular was previously said to have been “hurt” by Wade’s arrival, especially since he initially had to move to the bench to accommodate the 12-time All-Star. But now that Wade has accepted and is thriving in a sixth man role, helping the Cavs win ten straight games and counting, it’s seems safe to say that his teammates have all probably come around on him by now.
Channing Frye is saying goodbye to his podcasting buddy in fitting fashion.
In a post to his Instagram account over the weekend, the Cleveland Cavaliers big man bid a humorous and sarcastic farewell to Richard Jefferson, who was traded away by the Cavs earlier in the week.
Frye and Jefferson, who both attended college at the University of Arizona, were teammates on the Cavs for the last two seasons and had been hosting the “Road Trippin'” podcast together since January. But at least they can look back fondly on the time they shared in Cleveland, not only because they won a championship together but also because they weren’t split up a year earlier.
It’s hard not to be romantic about the sport of basketball. That much is especially true when your team takes home the NBA championship. Cavs big man Channing Frye is living proof.
After the Cavs lifted the Curse of Cleveland by defeating the Warriors to win the title on Sunday night, Frye posted a funny (and somewhat disturbing) video to his Instagram account of him getting intimate with the Larry O’Brien Trophy on the team flight out of Oakland.
That “Let’s watch The Notebook” line is definitely an all-timer.
For the 33-year-old Frye, it’s his first time cradling the trophy in his 11-year career, so you’ll just have to excuse him if he’s a little hands-on with it. Frye’s acquisition by the Cavs at this year’s trade deadline helped put the team over the top, and therefore he deserves his moment, even if he didn’t see many minutes during the Finals.
Besides, this is nowhere near the offenses the trophy has been subjected to at the hands of its owners over the years, so I’m sure it’s very happy to be in the arms of a tender lover like Frye.
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A glaring problem for the Cleveland Cavaliers in their blowout NBA Finals Game 1 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Thursday was how handily their second unit was outscored (a 45-10 deficit). One of the biggest reasons behind that discrepancy was the fact that big man Channing Frye, a key bench cog, only got seven minutes of action. Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue wants to make sure that’s not the case moving ahead into Game 2 and beyond.
“I thought the matchup was kind of hard,” Lue said per Dave McMenamin of ESPN. “When we went from Channing and LeBron in that 4 and 5 lineup, they went small. But Channing’s a big part of what we do, so I have to find a way to keep him on the floor.”
The 6-foot-11 Frye is a 38.6 percent career shooter from deep and, as such, is an excellent small-ball stretch 5 who can operate in an up-tempo style and open up the floor for his teammates offensively. But Lue is right when he says that the Warriors, who play pace-and-space better than anyone else in the league, are a difficult matchup for the purposes of getting Frye onto the court and otherwise. The 33-year-old is a poor rebounder despite his size and brings next to nothing on the defensive end, deficiencies that are magnified tenfold when going up against a buzzsaw like Golden State.
Lue might be able to find more minutes for Frye in certain situations alongside LeBron James and Tristan Thompson (or any other combination of bigs who can compensate for Frye both on defense and on the glass…sorry, Kevin Love). But it’s doubtful that lineup tweak, or any for that matter, will be able to flip the script against a Warriors team that looks far, far superior to the Cavs right now.
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The first few months of the NBA season are always prime real estate for lineup tweaks and experimentation, and Orlando Magic head coach Scott Skiles is taking that ball and running with it.
After team shootaround on Wednesday, Skiles announced that he was moving third-year guard Victor Oladipo to the bench and starting veteran big man Channing Frye for their matchup against the New York Knicks.
“It’s nothing punitive,” said Skiles per Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel. “It’s just we feel like we’ve got to try to find a little bit better balance. I’d like Victor to have some more opportunities like he’s had a little bit in the past where he can be on top of the floor and attack and get a little bit more vertical and not only get to the rim but just be a little bit more on the attack but not necessarily start the game that way.”
Oladipo is averaging career lows in almost every major statistical category so far this season, posting 12.8 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game, and 3.6 assists per game on a shield-your-eyes 37.0 percent from the field and 26.4 percent from deep. Though the former No. 2 overall pick is the team’s best defender under a defense-first coach in Skiles, he has shown almost no chemistry whatsoever sharing the backcourt with second-year point guard Elfrid Payton, another non-shooter.
With proper floor spacing being perhaps the cornerstone of the modern NBA offense, the insertion of Frye, a career 38.7 percent three-point shooter, should help Orlando gain some much-needed breathing room on the offensive side of the ball. At 6-foot-11, Frye should also give Skiles more lineup versatility and a potent anti-small ball weapon playing next to Nikola Vucevic.
Oladipo, who had been benched the second half by Skiles (a.k.a He Of The Notoriously Volatile Rotations) on numerous occasions this year, should now be free to run roughshod over opposing second units as a powder keg 6th man. While the Magic have actually been 7.6 points WORSE per 100 possessions with Oladipo on the floor this season as opposed to when he sits (per NBA.com), perhaps this more efficient situational allocation of his skills should help get the talented former Hoosier back on track.
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The last time the Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns met, the boys from the West had their way with the Green Machine. The only noteworthy moment of Kevin Garnett’s night was when he gave Channing Frye a jimmy tap that sent the Suns into an uproar. Other than that, the Suns looked like a much better team. Wednesday night at the Garden was a completely different story.
The Celtics came out with the type of chip on their shoulder that’s usually reserved for Game 7 of the playoffs. Much like the time he called Charlie Villanueva a cancer patient, K.G. felt he had done nothing wrong when the two teams last met. He was determined to silence Phoenix by balling up, and that’s exactly what Boston’s vocal leader did.
Garnett completely abused Frye from the opening tip, scoring 28 points on 12-of-14 shooting and grabbing 11 boards. Had the Celtics not jumped out to such a significant lead, the damage would have been worse. Toward the end of the game, Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry was seen jawing at Garnett from the bench. K.G. would later tell reporters that Gentry was asking him for tickets to the first round of the playoffs.