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Walt Frazier

Category: Hall of Famers, NBA
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Biography:

While the likes of Elton John, Michael Jackson, and Madonna usually take the crown for flamboyant celebrities, but it’s hard to overlook the Rolls-Royce-driving, mink coat-wearing basketball star, sports analyst, color commentator, and sports speaker that is Walt “Clyde” Frazier. In the hall of famer’s 13-year long career, he changed the face of professional basketball and substantially increased its popularity in New York and the world over.

In his first years in college at the Southern Illinois University, he was named division ii all-American and brought his team all the way to the final round in the NCAA Division ii Tournament. After leading the Southern Illinois University to win the National Invitation Tournament in Madison Square Garden and being named MVP, Frazier was drafted in the first round, 5th overall, to the New York Knicks, where his dynasty would begin. Within six years, Frazier led the team to two national championships, dominating the backcourt with fellow Knick Earl “the Pearl” Monroe. The duo formed what began to be called the “Rolls Royce Backcourt”. After a decade with the Knicks, he would eventually end his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Over his thirteen year-long playing career he won two national championships, played on seven all-star teams, and set eight Knicks franchise records, one of which, his assist record, still stands today. Since then Frazier has been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, been selected for NBA’s 50th anniversary all-star team, and had his jersey (no. 10) retired by the Knicks.

After retiring from professional basketball, Frazier went into sports broadcasting. He is an announcer for the New York Knicks and is a color commentator on the MSG network, which follows various New York teams as they face off against the rest of the country. He is also an analyst on ESPNews.