Walt Frazier Rumors
They are not doctors, don’t play ones on TV, but two of the greatest Knicks ever, “The Captain” Willis Reed and Walt “Clyde” Frazier, know something about injuries and rehab. Though both said Saturday they cannot speak to the extent of Carmelo Anthony’s bum knee, both were in agreement on one point if surgery is needed: Do it now. “I don’t know how severe it is, but if he’s going to need an operation, he should have it now,” Frazier said while signing autographs at a Steiner Sports Pop Up Shop for All-Star Weekend in Midtown. “No need in hanging around or messing around. Just have it and have that much more time to recuperate.”
TBL: Do any of today’s player’s fashion style impress you? Walt Frazier: They compare me to (Russell) Westbrook. I think (Dwyane) Wade has a little creativity. The Knicks, Melo, Amar’e, Shumpert. The thing about basketball players is that they’re like models. They’re tall and slim. No matter what they wear they’re going to look good. You put them in a suit and they’ll look sharp. To me it’s the combination of how they put it together. A lot of guys have the nice suits but they don’t have the shoes. For me it’s head to toe. That’s why they call me Clyde because I started with the wide brim hats, I had the suits. I had the mink coats. I had the gator shoes. So my whole thing is from head to toe. A lot of guys don’t do that. They don’t have the shoes or the ties. I don’t say I’m maniacal. I used to be maniacal. Playing I was a real clotheshorse. Now I just like to dress up because I’m in the public eye on TV every other night. I’m not nearly as bad as I used to be with the shoes and shirts. I used to get the fabric for the shirts. I designed them and go with the suits. I used to be really into it. Today I just get a lapel and a spread collar shirt. I don’t design the buttons anymore. It was a labor of love back in the day. To me when you feel good you look good and vice versa. That’s why I do it.
Knicks legend Walt Frazier sees once-confident Iman Shumpert now looking as if he’s not having fun. Shumpert, who was often compared to Frazier during his rookie season because of his defense-first approach and quick hands, has fallen onto the trading block, and Frazier sees it affecting him. “He’s always been a very confident guy,’’ Frazier told The Post before the Knicks’ 92-86 loss to the Pistons. “I think he just has to find his role. Sometimes he doesn’t look like he’s happy out here. Maybe that’s because he heard the rumors he’s being traded. But he’s very stern in his face. It doesn’t look like he’s having fun.’’
Richardson spoke to Williams for 45 minutes Monday. “We talked about the olden times, about how life isn’t fair but sometimes it’s what you do with it,’’ Richardson said. “He was a tough defender, he could do it all. A big guy in the locker room. We all did think that (he’d be a superstar). Things happen. He was traded. I was traded. I got into something I shouldn’t have gotten into.’’
On the day Ray Williams passed away, was it karma or coincidence Micheal Ray Richardson was on the Knicks’ scene Friday night at Air Canada Centre? The Knicks drafted Williams with the 10th pick in 1977 to be Walt Frazier’s successor. Williams and backcourt mate Richardson were supposed to lead the Knicks back to the promised land. Last night, the Garden held a moment of silence for Williams and original Knick, Bud Palmer. Never worked out that way. “I’m real sad,’’ Richardson told The Post Friday night while watching the Knicks beat the Raptors. “He and I were like brothers.’’ Williams died yesterday after battling colon cancer at Sloane Kettering Hospital at age 58. Richardson is living in Canada, coaching the nearby London Lightning of the NBL, and had stopped by to visit his former teammates, Knicks coach Mike Woodson and assistant Darrell Walker.