The 2021-22 L.A. Lakers look like one of the worst LeBron James-led teams in recent memory. One of James’ old teammates seems to think so too.
The Lakers had yet another candidate for “worst loss of the season” over the weekend, getting blown out by the Denver Nuggets 133-96. After the game, former NBA big man Channing Frye, now an analyst for NBATV, had harsh words for the Lakers.
“It’s hard to be that bad,” said Frye. “This score? They should’ve got beat by 50. The Lakers, this game alone, were so undisciplined. They were double-teaming for no reason. They were not rotating. Guys weren’t communicating. They were making poor decisions.
“I’ve seen some bad basketball,” he added. “This is probably one of the worst games I’ve seen from a team that has good players on it. The communication between the players wasn’t good. The body language was bad … There was no passion and energy from the Lakers this game, which I find upsetting as a basketball player because this is an opportunity to get better and compete.”
Frye played with James on the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2016 to 2018. That included making two Finals appearances together and winning it all in 2016.
Now over halfway into the regular season, the Lakers are still under .500. They have also given up an appalling 120.0 points per game in January.
While the Lakers are an old team, including James himself, who is now 37, it is rare to see a squad led by the former MVP playing this poorly for this long. Frye is not the only ex-James teammate wondering what is going on here.
H/T NBA Reddit
Nov 28, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) reacts against the Detroit Pistons in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Channing Frye has a bold opinion regarding LeBron James.
Frye, who played in the NBA from 2005-2019, provided commentary in an NBA Twitter session during Game 6 between the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns on Thursday. Frye said that James’ play has dropped to the point that he should retire.
“Here’s my thing,” Frye said. “If LeBron is averaging less than 25 points a game, which he’s been averaging, I think he should retire. That’s a crazy thing for me to say, but if he leaves the game averaging 25 points a game right. Also, I’m gonna add another level on this. Who are the Lakers bringing in or trading for that can put him over the top? Have you seen the free agents? There’s nobody.”
Frye, 38, seems to be feeling like it’s all downhill from here for James and that if he’s not going to be winning a championship, he should retire.
James knows the end of his career is near, but that probably won’t stop him from continuing to play. He could very easily point to the limited offseason and injuries as the reason why his Lakers were unable to repeat.
And before you accuse Frye of being a LeBron hater, be sure to note that they used to be teammates in Cleveland. Frye has been favorable to James in the past and actually said something outrageous about Steph Curry.
Channing Frye loves to troll his ex-teammates on Twitter, but this time when he did it, one of those former teammates had a perfect response to him.
Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. jokingly remarked on Friday that he wanted people to stop including him in hypothetical trades. That prompted a response from Frye — and an even better retort back from Nance.
It’s true: the Cavaliers acquired Nance and Jordan Clarkson in 2018 in exchange for Frye, Isaiah Thomas, and a first-round pick. In other words, Nance was a bit more valuable than broken shoelaces, at least in Cleveland’s eyes.
Frye and Nance were teammates during the 2018-19 season, and Frye clearly gets on well with those he played with. This is evidence of that.
Steph Curry went for a career-high 62 points on Sunday night, and many are crediting Channing Frye with the assist.
Frye, who was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers when they beat the Golden State Warriors to win the NBA Finals in 2016, recently was critical of Curry.
Frye, who is now an NBA commentator, said on a “Dubs Talk” podcast that this season was significant for Curry’s legacy. Frye wanted to see what Curry would do without Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson.
“This year, there’s a lot of questions, not of, can he play, but can he adjust his game without those all-stars to make everyone else better,” Frye said. “I’m excited to see it, I think he can do it. I think the culture can do it and Steve Kerr can put them in the right situations.”
Frye said he wants to see Curry take the Warriors to the Finals without all of his great teammates surrounding him.
“Until the Warriors go back without him, it’s like, ‘Well, you had to have a stacked team with five Hall of Famers on it.’ … This is the question, and this is unfair, but can Steph do that now?”
Frye’s criticism definitely made the rounds, and it was something Steph’s brother Seth heard. After Steph scored 62 points, Seth joked about how his brother has 60 more games this season to determine his legacy.
That’s a joke, obviously, since Steph has won two NBA MVP awards and three NBA championships. His legacy is already well intact, regardless of what Frye says.
Klay Thompson, who is out for the season, also recognized Steph for the big game.
There aren’t many bad things you can say about LeBron James, but his ex-teammate Channing Frye knows of one.
Frye is retiring after the season and decided to let loose in an interview with The Athletic’s Joe Vardon on many topics. He was asked by Vardon to share three things about LeBron, and that’s when he shared a detail about The King’s bad breath.
“No. 1, he has smelly breath. Smelly breath,” Frye said. “No. 2, he was a freak of nature. And then No. 3, Kyle Korver and I fixed his jumper for one year. (Funny, Korver takes the credit for that.) I know, but Korver, Channing, it’s all the same. It’s all about Korver.”
That’s not too promising for LeBron. How quickly is he going to reach out to Channing about that? He probably is upset about Frye doing him dirty with that nugget of info, although he’s not the first player accused of such an issue.
Two of LeBron James’ ex-teammates offered congratulations to the former MVP on his career milestone in a funny video shared on Wednesday night.
James surpassed Michael Jordan for fourth place on the all-time scoring list when he scored his 13th point in the Los Angeles Lakers’ loss to the Denver Nuggets. Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson, both of whom teamed with James in the past, clowned around in a video congratulating their buddy. They jokingly called LeBron a ballhog and told him to pass more, among other things.
The three players were teammates on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Frye remains with the Cavs and congratulated James after Cleveland’s loss at Brooklyn. Jefferson is retired but serves as a broadcaster for the Nets, which is why he was in the locker room. And if you think the chemistry between Frye and Jefferson was great, it’s because the two get along well and have broadcasting experience on their joint podcast.
The jokes are especially appreciated because objective observers know those criticisms of James are the complete opposite of the truth.
Kevin Love sounds pretty thrilled to be reunited with Channing Frye.
On Saturday, the veteran big man Frye agreed to a one-year, $2.4 million deal to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, per Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.
Love reacted to the news with a hilarious Instagram post. He posted a meme of LeBron James’ iconic Sports Illustrated “I’m Coming Home” letter with Frye’s head Photoshopped onto it instead. The meme also described Frye as “Kevin Love’s BFF and NBA champ.”
Love and Frye were teammates in Cleveland for three seasons and won the NBA title together in 2016. The latter was then shipped to the Los Angeles Lakers at the trade deadline last February as part of the Isaiah Thomas deal.
Now the two big men will be entering their fourth season as teammates on the Cavs, provided that the team does not decide to trade Love before then (which seems unlikely based on this most recent report).
Draymond Green’s antics appear to be wearing thin on the Cleveland Cavaliers, present and former ones alike.
Ex-Cav Channing Frye took to Twitter during Game 3 of the NBA Finals Wednesday to shade Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green. Without mentioning him by name, Frye hinted that Green got away with excessive outbursts at the refs due to his well-established reputation as a loudmouth.
Frye was acquired by Cleveland in 2016 and remained with them until just this past February when he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. Thus, he is quite familiar with Green’s shenanigans, having been in the trench with the Cavs for their previous two Finals appearances against the Warriors.
As for Green himself, he did pick up a technical foul (his fifth of the playoffs) during Golden State’s 110-102 victory. But Frye’s greater point remains — just this series alone, Green has already gotten away with his fair share of taunts.
The NBA trade deadline has passed, but we are far from the end of the player movement. It has become normal that a robust buyout market emerges after the deadline, as players who weren’t moved — or were moved to match salaries — are set free to sign with contenders for the minimum. These buyout players are valuable weapons for cap-limited teams in need of more depth.
Who will end up on the buyout market this year? Here are ten potential candidates of varying likelihood.
1) Derrick Rose, Jazz
Derrick Rose was sent to Utah as part of a three-way trade the Cavs made on deadline day. Reports have said he is likely to seek a buyout and receive one from the Jazz. If that happens, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been mentioned as a potential landing spot. He has great familiarity with his former coach Tom Thibodeau and ex-teammate Jimmy Butler, and is said to have interest in a reunion.
2) Joe Johnson, Kings
As the NBA trade deadline plays itself out, a robust buyout market is slowly taking shape behind it.
Brian Windhorst, appearing on ESPN’s trade deadline edition of The Jump, said that there is some question as to whether the Los Angeles Lakers will buy out newly-acquired big man Channing Frye. If they do, the Golden State Warriors would have interest.
Frye was part of the Cavaliers’ deal with the Lakers that also involved Isaiah Thomas. He’s an expiring contract that the Lakers may keep, but it also wouldn’t be a surprise if they parted ways with him and let him sign with a contender.
With the Warriors’ lack of cap space and roster flexibility, they figure to be a natural player in the buyout market. Frye is a good team player and would add valuable depth to their frontcourt if he becomes available.