Walt Frazier Rumors
How did your relationship with Puma begin? Clyde Frazier: Well back then players didn’t get paid to wear shoes. You got free shoes, but they didn’t pay you. So they offered me money to wear them, but when they first came to me they had the “Basket,” which was leather, heavy, and stiff. I told them you can’t pay me enough to wear this. So they said that I could help them design the new one. How did you develop the Clyde, then? Clyde Frazier: At that time they had just come out with the Puma Suede, and I told them to make it lighter and more flexible.
Have you always had your clothes custom made? Was there ever a point where you’ve bought clothes from designer brands? Clyde Frazier: Well, being big and tall has been frustrating. I found once I could get it made, I didn’t have to be disappointed as much.
A lot of the guys in the NBA now wear designer clothes. Have you ever thought about asking them for their big and tall sources? Clyde Frazier: I wouldn’t wear those because of the colors. I like mixing unusual combinations of colors and patterns that people wouldn’t normally put together. When I go shopping, I ask the guy, “Show me something you think no one would wear.” A lot of the guys now don’t have my expertise. I’ve been in New York for 40 years. This is the mecca for fashion.
Check out more info via Champions Basketball League: New York fan favorites are at the center of Champions Basketball New York team. The Gotham Ballers front office includes Walt Frazier, NBA Champion and Hall of Famer, is the New York team’s summer league President, NBA great and former New York Knicks/ Baltimore Bullets star Earl Monroe as General Manager, and leading the team as Coach is former New York Knicks player and Syracuse University standout, John Wallace. The Gotham Ballers player roster includes: Al Harrington, Kenyon Martin, Shawn Marion, Eddy Curry, Kareem Rush, Tyshawn Taylor, Jamaal Tinsley, Terrence Williams, Josh Childress, Daniel Gibson and Renaldo Balkman.
There’s a new Ghostbusters movie due out this summer, you’ve probably heard, and to help kick things off film has partnered with several NBA players to star in a few new trailers. (See it above.) Knicks players Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis along with Kobe Bryant (who just retired from the Lakers) and NBA great Walt Frazier team up for the 62-second bit, one that includes director and New York super-fan Spike Lee.
“My forte was defense,” the 70-year-old Frazier told ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” show (via CSN Bay Area), “… any phenomenal player, I had to guard that guy. So when I’m guarding these guys, I’m trying to take away what they do best. So today, if I’m guarding Curry, he might have 25 twos on me, but he’s not gonna have 13 threes because I’m gonna be forcing him inside of the arc.” Frazier added, “So this is what the former players are saying: How do you let a guy continue to do what he does, and you know what he’s trying to do is make the three-point shot?”