Walt Frazier Rumors
“Us old-school guys, we don’t like it,” former Knicks and Hall of Fame point guard Walt “Clyde” Frazier told The Tribune earlier this week. “We didn’t have that luxury when I played. We had to play through commercials, back-to-backs, whatever they told us to do. We paved the way for these guys and they are biting the hand that feeds them. The reason the league is so big today is because of the TV money, and now they are sitting out?”
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.
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