Channing Frye is upfront about how he arrives at his Michael Jordan takes, no matter whether or not you suppose they’re flawed or proper.
“I am not gonna lie. I wasn’t a Jordan fan. I am from Phoenix, proper? So I am a Barkley man, I am a Kevin Johnson man, I am a Thunder Dan man,” Frye, who additionally attended Arizona, stated on the “Talkin’ Blazers” podcast for NBC Sports activities Northwest with host Dan Sheldon. “In order a lot as everybody’s shocked, I by no means had Jordan (as) my high participant of all time, anyhow.”
(Spoiler: Frye has LeBron James wayyyyy excessive on his record.)
Frye’s foremost reasoning? “I believe the sport was 1,000 % completely different than what it’s immediately.”
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Then got here the quote that lit up the web on a Friday night.
“So, like, Jordan is wonderful, and this isn’t an argument to say he is lesser, it’s simply my opinion. Jordan’s job on that (Bulls) workforce was to attain, proper? He had one of many first groups with two (of) what we name ‘tweeners’: Dennis Rodman and Scottie Pippen, proper? We are able to throw in Toni Kukoc, we are able to throw in Ron (Harper), who doesn’t get sufficient credit score.
“He solely had actually one job and that was to simply rating and he did that at a tremendous, wonderful price. However I do not really feel like his method of successful then would translate to what it’s now. Guys would not need to play with him, proper?”
That is what led the basketball world to politely inform Frye he was stuffed with it.
He received DPOY and lead the league in steals Channing however yea maintain going man.
— Rashad Phillips (@RP3natural) Could 15, 2020
Jordan averaged 30.1 factors, 6.2 rebounds, 5.three assists and 2.three steals for his profession. However we digress.
Frye saved up together with his “Jordan could not grasp with us” take. Here is the place he started to fly his #TeamLeBron flag. He began by saying groups immediately, that are greater and extra athletic, would have the ability to “fight” Jordan’s model of play, which included a stellar midrange sport.
“If LeBron went again then, he had two guys that will guard him. Who’s 6-9? Rodman and Snottie Drippen, proper? (Sure, Frye truly stated “Snottie Drippen.”) He had two guys that will guard him. Who else may sustain with him?”
And that helps to clarify why the previous NBA massive man rides for his former Cavaliers teammate.
“I prefer to argue it each methods, however I prefer to argue that LeBron is one of the best of all time,” he stated.