Hey, with the current state of the Knicks what else is there to talk about?
Time to show some love to the legend, the best color commentator in sports and one of the greatest PG's of all time.
Walter "Clyde" Frazier (
Born: March 29, 1945 (age 62)
He is known for catch phrases including:
* "dishing and swishing"
* "swooping and hooping"
* "bounding and astounding"
* "movin' and groovin'"
* "out-muscling and out-hustling"
* "shaking and baking"
* "spinning and winning"
* "posting and toasting"
* "stumbling and bumbling"
* "banking and thanking"
* "hustling and muscling"
* "slicing and dicing!"
* "huffing and puffing"
* "stopping and popping"
* "hanging and banging"
* "It don't mean a thing, If you don't have that swing"
* "The court is 50 feet wide, not wide enough for Houston"
* "[insert player here] beginning to percolate"
* "all the Knicks with the knack tonight"
* "matador D"
"Out-muscling and out-hustling"
"The Hawks have been persistent, but the Knicks have been resistent"
"Abdur-Rahim with fire and desire"
Walt Frazier's #10 jersey was retired by the New York Knicks on December 15, 1979.
In 1987, Walt Frazier was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame along with Pete Maravich and Rick Barry.
In 1996, he was elected to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.
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The Walt "Clyde" Frazier Dictionary
adjacent - next to; adjoining Sprewell will inbound the ball adjacent to the Knicks bench.
altruistic - showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others A very altruistic Robinson here tonight - looking for his teammates.
aroused - to stir up, excite And the crowd at Madison Square Garden is aroused!
auspicious - marked by success Sprewell off to an auspicious beginning here tonight.
baffling - to frustrate by confusing or perplexing; stymie The Knicks defense is baffling the Hawks.
bedevil - to torment mercilessly, to plague It's the little things that bedevil losing teams.
blunder - A usually serious mistake typically caused by ignorance or confusion Ratliff makes a blunder there by fouling Eisley.
diminutive - extremely small in size Dion Glover is diminutive at 6'5".
diligent - marked by painstaking effort Glenn Robinson has been working diligently.
egregious - conspicuously bad or offensive as in "an egregious blunder"
impotence - the quality of lacking strength or power Harrington is providing the impotence on the defensive boards.
neophyte - a beginner or novice Two points there for the young neophyte.
omnipotence - having unlimited power or authority There you see the omnipotence of Rahim right there.
omnipresent - present in all places at the same time There's the omnipresent Ewing with another rebound.
penchant - a strong inclination The Knicks have a penchant for turning the ball over late in the game.
precocious - characterized by early maturity The precocious rookie is playing well tonight.
prodigious - impressively great in size, force or extent Sprewell is off to a prodigious start.
prolific - producing abundant works or results Houston is off to a prolific start in the second half.
prudent - wise in handling practical matters The Knicks are doing the prudent thing featuring Sprewell in the early going.
quantum - something that can be counted or measured Rahim with a quantum leap!
rejuvenate - to restore to an original or new condition A rejuvinated Van Horn keeps the Knicks in the game.
riveting - to engross or hold The Knicks are playing riveting defense.
serendipidty - the faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident The ball comes off of Robinson's leg and goes right to Houston for three - a little serendipity right there.
stupor - a state of mental numbness The Knicks have a tendency to go into stupors.
tenacious - holding or tending to hold persistently to something The Knicks are playing tenacious 'd'.
tumultuous - noisy and disorderly Rahim has had a tumultuous night so far.
uncanny - peculiarly unsettling as if supernatural in nature Jason Terry is an uncanny shooter from three.
I want my Clyde TV
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None of us can fix the Knicks, unless of course, James Dolan or one of his minions is a Keyboard Quarterbacks fan and reads this.
We doubt it, since if he had the time to read our little Web nook, then he has no excuse for presiding over the worst excuse for a New York sports team. At 4-11, the Knicks have the sixth worst record in the NBA. Of course, after a 748-point to Boston on Thursday night, it's a wonder the Knicks found four teams capable of scoring less points than them for a few hours.
However, here's an idea to make the Knicks infinitely more watchable on television. And the Dolan family, already cable television magnates, will be able to get behind this plan.
walt_frazier.jpgWe all know about Walt "Clyde" Frazier's auspicious penchant for vocabularic flare and invention. He's been thriving and surviving (when he's not swooping and hooping) for years behind the microphone.
It's time to capitalize on it from a viewing standpoint instead of just impersonating his schtick with your friends or on calls to WFAN.
It's time for "Clyde TV."
Every time the omnipotent Clyde drops a word never before associated with the game of basketball, a little graphic pops up on the screen and gives a definition of the word.
Or, MSG could flash three different definitions and ask viewers to text their answer choice to "CLYDE." Viewers could then compete for prizes for most correct answers each game. Or do it online through MSG's Web site. This has remarkable potential in a time when the team does not. And should the Knicks ever resemble the teams of the early 1990s and win games, having this function in place already would greatly benefit the Dolans' pockets.
When Clyde throws out a word that is not a word outside of Clyde's World, a little "That's not a real word, just a 'Clydeism'" graphic could pop up onto the screen. Or they could ask the viewers to guess if it's a real word or not.
Seriously, this could be sports' answer to "American Idol" and "Dancing With the Stars."
It could revolutionize the way we watch the Knicks on Dolan's MSG Network. Heck, it could even make us watch the games, especially later in the season when the Knicks are fighting for the right to screw up another high placement in the NBA lottery.
But, wait, there's more.
Back in the day, unconventional polysyllabic words that appear in English essays and nowhere else were called "50-cent words."
We can apply this to Clyde TV, too. Each time he throws out a big word, a cash register pops up onto the screen and displays the total amount of money Clyde's vociferous vocabulary has yielded on the night.
Any time he throws in a word in another language, that's worth a $1. Any time he makes up a word, that's a 50-cent debit.
If the Knicks' PR people were smart, they'd hook up a charity to the Clyde TV On-Screen Money Meter, move the decimal point two places to the right for home games and donate the money. In other words, if Clyde's expansive implementation of his own terminology totals $4.50 in a game, MSG would then be on the line for $450 in donations for that night. Add that up and that's a lot of good that could be done in the name of awful basketball.
Clyde TV would dish. Clyde TV would swish. Clyde TV would bound. Clyde TV would astound.
It's either this or we actually pay attention to the game.