HoopsHype Channing Frye rumors

February 19, 2013 Updates

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

Of course this is painful for Channing Frye. The 29-year-old Phoenix Suns forward has an enlarged heart, for goodness sakes, one that has taken him away from the game that he loves and forced him to wonder for quite some time now if he'll ever be the same again as a basketball player. But this isn't that. This, you see, is his new reality that only hurts when his kids don't pick up their toys. "Ouch!" he yelled during a phone interview with USA TODAY Sports this week. "Stepped on a lego…" USA Today Sports

December 20, 2012 Updates

“I’m getting a slice of what it’s like to be retired,” Frye said, “and I’m not ready to go yet.” Frye believes he’ll play again, but the requirement for preparing his body for a return has been turned upside down. Waiting for his heart to not be enlarged is something of an anti-rehab rehab. “If it was something I could work out,” he said, “something that I could put time in on . . . you know, eat this or don’t drink that . . . take this vitamin . . . it would be something different. “It’s the one problem that hard work can’t solve — only resting can.” Fox Sports Arizona

But refusing to close the door on competing again requires Frye to stay within shooting range of his team. He’s grateful for added time with his family at home while maintaining ties with his family at work, shooting a few jumpers on game nights to “make sure things are staying functional.” Doctor-ordered “chillin' out” takes some soul-searching. “It’s very difficult,” Frye said. “You know, I think — especially at the beginning — I worked so hard this summer to get back from my shoulder. It’s been a long road back. Like I said, I’m not going to stress about shoulda, coulda, woulda. “I didn’t know what was wrong with my heart. The doctors didn’t know. If people knew that for a week I thought I was going to die the next time I exercised . . ." Fox Sports Arizona

December 19, 2012 Updates

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September 22, 2012 Updates

News of Channing Frye's medical condition has a lot of Suns fans worried he won't play again. But he's hoping it won't be too long before he's back in the game. “It's not a good situation but at the same time I do have hope,” said the Suns forward. Frye has just been diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy and it likely means he'll be sitting out the entire season. “I look at it as a rare opportunity to spend time with my family that I may not get again, especially with my kids so young, and see how everything goes behind the scenes especially during the season,” said Frye. azfamily.com

September 21, 2012 Updates

Channing Frye: Thanks everyone for your support. I will be ok. It will pass and ill be back we have the best staff in the NBA helping me out. Twitter

Suns cardiologist Dr. Tim Byrne discovered that Frye, 29, had dilated cardiomyopathy and Frye underwent a battery of tests before visiting the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota on Wednesday for a final accord among more doctors. "It was very shocking and, at the same time, scary," Frye said. "It's not like an arm or knee or an elbow where you're like, 'Maybe I can just rehab this.' It's something that keeps you going. The only time you hear about things going on like that is (Boston's) Jeff Green getting open-heart surgery or (Sacramento's) Chuck Hayes getting a little scare." Arizona Republic

September 20, 2012 Updates

Suns forward Channing Frye told azcentral sports that he will likely miss the 2012-13 season because of medical concerns. Frye developed a dilated cardiomyopathy, which is an enlarged heart. This was found during a routine preseason physical by Suns team cardiologist Dr. Tim Byrne. "The good news is it is a virus so it does have a good chance of going away," Frye said. "My heart can be normal again." Arizona Republic

Paul Coro: Channing Frye is out indefinitely with an enlarged heart. He was at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota this week. More to come. Twitter

June 21, 2012 Updates

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