When Hall of Famer and former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley describes teammate Walt Frazier as an artist, you can believe it. “Frazier is the only player I’ve ever seen that I would describe as an artist, who takes an artistic approach to the game.”
With his style of play, profound fashion sense and rhyming “Clyde-isms” – he brings all things to full color.
At Southern Illinois University, Frazier led the school to the Division II Finals in 1965 and was an an All-American in 1965 and 1966. In 1967, Southern Illinois moved up to Division 1 and Frazier led the team to the NIT championship and was named MVP.
He was selected 5th overall by the Knicks in the NBA Draft, “Clyde” Frazier was a master of the game, as a floor general with the New York Knicks and claimed 2 NBA titles in 1970 and 1973. From 1967 to 1977, the super cool Frazier earned the nickname “Clyde” thanks to a mix of off-court style and on-court smoothness.
Frazier was a 7-time NBA All-Star, 7-time All-Defensive First Team selection, All-Star Game MVP and was named to the NBA 50th Anniversary Team. He is a member of the both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1987) and College Basketball Hall of Fame (2006) and his number 10 jersey was retired by the Knicks.
After retirement, Frazier turned to broadcasting and became the voice of the New York Knicks on MSG Network, sharing his passion for the art of basketball with an entirely new generation of fans. He also indulged his inner foodie by opening New York’s premier sports-themed restaurant and lounge, Clyde Frazier’s Wine and Dine in Manhattan filled with all the flash and class that you would expect.
Beyond legendary on the court moves, Frazier has legendary style. For decades, he has set fashion trends and is the NBA’s godfather of style. Caps, hats, cow print jackets and so much more fill Frazier’s closet. With his eye for color and ability to match the unexpected, Walt’s artistry is in full sight each time he’s seen on air or in person. His fashion even carries to the streets with his own line of shoes. Resonating with fans for more than 40 years, the Puma Clyde is a hardwood classic sneaker that has long lived on the court and found a daily place on the streets. Beside the classic Clyde, Puma has released limited edition sneakers based on his suits and cars.
Champions Basketball League has a special place for Frazier as the President of the Gotham Ballers. He brings his deep love of New York sports, insight to decades on interaction with fans and athletes to the new team and league. Frazier’s restaurant will also be the home to the team when in town for dinners, events or just to watch some hoops together.
Frazier has also mastered the turn of a quick phrase including some fan favorites:
- Bounding and Astounding
- Dancing and Prancing
- Dishing and Swishing
- Huffing and Stuffing
- Hustling and Bustling
- Movin’ and Groovin’
- Out-muscling and Out-hustling
- Posting and Toasting
- Shaking and Baking
- Slicing and Dicing
- Spinning and Winning
- Stumbling and Bumbling
- Styling and Profiling
- Swooping and Hooping
- The Will and the Thrill
- Wheeling and Dealing
- Winning and Grinning
Frazier amazed the sports world during his years as a player and today fans can still enjoy his love of the game on TV, at his restaurant and through Champions Basketball.