Walt Frazier Rumors
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?”
Q: The Knicks drafted Kristaps Porzingis, a guy who is a couple years away from being able to help you win night in and night out. Then there’s Carmelo Anthony, who is 31 and here for another four years. How does he fit in because it seems like they are looking at a future that might not fit within his window? Walt Frazier: I’m sure Melo wasn’t happy. His future is now. You know, he’s not getting younger. This is going to be a pivotal season for him to see really how he fits into the Knick plans and how this is going to go from here. Will he ask out, you know what I mean, if he sees that this is not happening? Because right now the Knicks, [it’s] going to be tough to make the playoffs. They are a few years away and Melo knows that his days are numbered, so stay tuned.
Q: What did you see, if anything, that was different about the Knicks’ offense during the summer league compared to what you saw last season? Walt Frazier: Sometimes in summer league they weren’t using the triangle and they seemed to have better continuity. When they go to the triangle they seem to be more methodical, apprehensive. So that’s what the coaching staff has got to work out. Q: Do you think that sticking solely with the triangle, as the Knicks did last year, would work if they weren’t as methodical or do you think it’s wise to work in some pick and roll to speed things up? Walt Frazier: You’ve got to have versatility, especially with the guys that they have. They’re not as adept as the guys Jackson has had in the past. If that’s not working, you’ve got to go to Plan B.