HoopsHype Channing Frye rumors


November 24, 2013 Updates
October 12, 2013 Updates

Frye scored 14 points in 16 minutes of the Suns' 104-98 preseason victory Wednesday night at the Portland Trail Blazers, his former team — and his off-season home. Frye made three of his four three-point attempts but his shot was even better than the box score shows because his first two baskets were shots with his toes on the three-point line. "I talked to (Suns coach) Jeff (Hornacek) and the training staff and they were all like, 'Channing, you're a lot better than you think you are,' " Frye said Thursday. "I trust Jeff and our coaching staff a lot to keep my minutes to where I was comfortable. Go figure, I wanted to play some more. I felt great. I was pretty shocked at myself. Even though it's just preseason, it's growing and progressing for me." USA Today Sports

Frye's confidence in what he was capable of doing grew with each camp day, starting with his first day when he outshot nearly every teammate in an exhausting post-practice drill. Frye said he needs the preseason work to become cohesive with new teammates, learn how opponents will play him and get his game conditioning back. "We practice, but with 18 people, it's tough to get enough time to play," Frye said. "Practice is one pace, like a seven or eight. A game is like a 10 or 11. Playing against different people and how I don't know their scouting report or how teams will play me is really going to help speed up this process. I have to continue to get stronger but this will help." USA Today Sports

September 30, 2013 Updates

A new, yet familiar face rejoined the Phoenix Suns Monday. Channing Frye is back, cleared to resume all basketball activities. "After close consultation with our team cardiologist Tim Byrne, doctors at Johns Hopkins, doctors at Columbia; after getting all of that information, Channing was cleared and he's decided he wants to play, and at the end of the day that's the most important thing for him and his family," Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said. The news comes more than a year (376 days to be exact) after the team announced he would miss the 2012-13 season because of an enlarged heart that had been discovered during a routine physical. "It's been a long year," Frye said at Suns Media Day. "It's been one of the hardest years I've ever had to go through just because I couldn't do anything. I couldn't rehab it. It was something that I just had to sit and wait and heal." Arizona's Sports Page

September 29, 2013 Updates
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After a year away from basketball due to an enlarged heart, the Suns’ deep-shooting big man said he is healthy and was cleared for all activity by doctors at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He began working out and returned with his family to Phoenix. All he awaits now is word from the Suns that their doctors concur. “They told me, ‘No human being is 100 percent healthy. The highest we give is a 98 percent. You are a 98 percent,’ ” Frye said. “They said, ‘We see this all the time.’ I don’t have any fear. I’m not scared to push myself and run and play and get my heart rate up. I’m just waiting on the paperwork. I’m healthy. It’s out of my hands. It’s up to the Suns and what they feel comfortable doing.” Arizona Republic

Frye already has worked off 18 pounds since he has been cleared for increased activity. He knows he is nowhere near the level he played for three seasons in Phoenix, particularly the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons in which he made a league-best 343 3-pointers combined. “Why not take the time to really get myself right?” Frye said. “I could do it (play at the start of the season), but I’d be exhausted from crushing myself to get ready. I need a lot of practice hours. There should be no rush because I don’t want to rush back and get injured. Once you step on that court, everyone expects you to be 100 percent.” Arizona Republic

September 4, 2013 Updates

Now, Channing Frye reveals to Bright Side of the Sun's Kris Habbas exactly what those cryptic messages meant, and how close he is to returning to the Suns. "I've been cleared by the numerous doctors I've seen," Frye said on on Tuesday for this week's podcast. "This whole process has been extremely detail-oriented on both sides - from my side and the Suns side. We both want to do what's best. I went across country to see the best doctors I could all to make sure they all agreed that I was healthy, that I could do this." Bright Side of the Sun

What was painted as a hopeful outcome last year may just be coming to fruition after all. "When it comes down to it, my health is #1," Frye says now. "I said [to the doctors last month] I'm just here to get a prognosis from you on my health, and they gave me the okay. "Right now I'm excited, but still patient in giving the Suns the information and letting their people go through it. As far as I'm concerned, I'm 100% healthy for any professional athlete. Right now I think it's just, let [the Suns] assess the information and go from there." Bright Side of the Sun

With training camp starting in just a few weeks, the Suns will have to decide soon on their next step with Frye. Of course, each party is doing what's best for them. "[The Suns] have to do what they have to do to make the team what they want to make this season," Frye said. "For me, I'm doing what you guys ask me to do, and being professional. I can be an example of doing things the right way and whatever happens, happens. It's been very professional. I just want to get out there and play and do the best I can to help us win." Bright Side of the Sun

September 1, 2013 Updates
July 28, 2013 Updates

The Suns now will have 16 guaranteed contracts once they sign top draft pick Alex Len, whose rehabilitation on his ankles remain on target for him to participate in training camp. The Suns could add free agents on non-guaranteed deals for camp but the regular-season roster maximum is 15. The health statuses of Malcolm Lee, acquired to get Archie Goodwin on draft night, and Channing Frye are not settled. Frye missed last season for an enlarged heart but expressed optimism to azcentral sports about being cleared to play after seeking top cardiologists’ opinions. “We’re optimistic that he’ll be with us and playing,” McDonough said of Frye. “Channing wants to play and the results he has gotten have been good. Obviously, we just want a consensus.” Arizona Republic

June 25, 2013 Updates

Channing Frye, who learned of a virus enlarging his heart after a September screening, missed all of the Suns’ 2012-13 season to see how his heart would respond to months of no activity beyond golf, yoga, walking and set- shooting. As the Suns approach Thursday’s draft and the start of free agency Monday, they also are factoring in Frye’s future as he nears final word from elite cardiologists who examined him for three days at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. “We’re both trying to be safe,” Frye said from his Portland, Ore., home. “I’ve seen the best and it’s up to us to decide the best for my future. I’m extremely hopeful and optimistic that everything gets worked out and I get to play next year for the Suns.” Arizona Republic

Frye relished the family time with his wife, Lauren, and children, Hendrix (2) and Margaux (1). He completed his degree and walked at Arizona’s spring commencement. He attended the X-Games. But nothing fills the void of basketball. He talks about the playoffs like a network analyst who has watched every minute. “I miss this game more than I could explain in this article,” Frye said. “It’s who I am. I had a firm belief that I wasn’t done once this happened. If I didn’t love the game so much, I wouldn’t have seen so many doctors. “It’s been a trying time but I have that much more appreciation for the city of Phoenix. The fans have been so supportive. It just makes me want to come back and play in the city that much more and make us a winning franchise again.” Arizona Republic

February 19, 2013 Updates

In September, during a routine preseason physical for the Suns, an echocardiogram revealed that the 29-year-old forward has an enlarged heart. His season, doctors said definitively, was over. His career path -- which included two years in Portland -- is a little more uncertain. He is under doctor's orders not to run. Or work out. Or do anything that escalates his heart rate. The extent of his activity these days is yoga and golf. "Just give me 20 minutes to run," Frye says, sitting against the wall in his yoga room. "I mean, when's the last time I've been able to run? It's been six months." Oregonian

He is a little down today -- Monday -- but it's only perceptible because he says so. Five days ago, during a checkup, doctors felt the need to prescribe beta blockers to help restrict his heart rate. Frye is careful not to call it a setback, but the development weighs on him. He is a strict believer in practicing naturopathic treatment, and the directive for traditional medicine ends the chance of him beating this obstacle on his terms. Oregonian

He says he is "95 percent" sure he will return to the NBA next season. After averaging 11.5 points and 5.9 rebounds in three seasons with the Suns, he is under contract through 2015, with $13.2 million still owed to him. He says he feels like he has so much to offer the Suns. The game was just slowing down for him. He had just spent the summer working on his post game, on becoming more versatile by creating his own shot off the dribble. And he had finally grasped the nuance and importance of how to create space within the offense. Oregonian

February 9, 2013 Updates

Aside from the occasional hazards that come with the increased Daddy Duty, Frye is loving the new ways of his world. The married father of two learned in September that a virus in his heart was causing it to grow to a life-threatening size, and his career as a sharpshooting big man came to a scary halt as a result. He is "95 percent positive" that he'll be healthy enough to return for next season, yet still acknowledges that there's a slim chance he may never play again. For now, though, he follows the sort of doctor's orders that have his mental health – if not his physical – at an all-time high: Rest and relaxation, with a focus on being a more peaceful, healthier person en route to having a normal-sized heart. USA Today Sports

February 7, 2013 Updates

While Frye won't play this season, he is considering traveling with the Suns in late March and April as a way of getting accustomed to the rigors of the road again. And should his recovery fall short and he's not able to return to the NBA next season or ever again, he knows first-hand how gratifying life after basketball can be. "I was really, really lucky…that my (condition) was viral and that they caught it before my heart had actually stayed that size," said Frye, who has two seasons and a combined $13.2 million left on his deal with the Suns (player option in 2014-15). "It's like a rubber band. If you have a hot rubber band and you're moving it back and forth it's going to stretch out, but once you put it in something cold it's going to stay that big. That's the problem with a lot of hearts is that they stay that big. USA Today Sports

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