Thursday, June 21, 2012
Walt Frazier on Knicks, Finals and Twitter
By Jared Zwerling
Samsung Mobile USI caught up with Knicks legend and MSG Network analyst Walt Frazier on Wednesday.
Walt Frazier would like to see Carmelo Anthony become more of a complete player.
We touched upon a number of topics, on and off the court. Here are some highlights, with Clyde being his usual openly realistic and rhyme-minded self:
On what the Knicks need: "A veteran point guard. Hopefully we can also get a steal in the draft. We got one in Landry (Fields) and (Josh) Harrellson."
On Carmelo Anthony: "He needs to score, but he also needs to become more of a complete player. Look at LeBron (James) in the Finals. Melo needs to pass the ball better and get his teammates more involved."
On Amare Stoudemire: "I cut him some slack last year. I know his older brother, (Hazell), passed away. But this needs to be a big year for him. He shouldn't train so hard in the offseason, and before games he shouldn't shoot so much. He works hard, but he needs to rest a little. Save his body."
On the NBA Finals: "I first thought the Spurs would do it, then I thought Oklahoma (City) would do it. I mean, they're young. This is why I picked them over the Spurs, but now not the way they're playing against the Heat. A very erratic (Russell) Westbrook. I thought their big guys were ready to take over, (Serge) Ibaka and (Kendrick) Perkins, but they've vanished -- even (James) Harden."
On his new New York City restaurant, Clyde Frazier's Wine and Dine: "It's taking up a lot of my time right now. It's coming. We've been open about two months. It's sort of like a sports bar. Steaks, seafood, chicken, salads. We've been getting rave reviews. My favorite is the grilled salmon with broccoli or asparagus. ... I haven't even been to St. Croix yet (where he does real estate during the summer). I've been enjoying it, man. It's a new challenge being a restaurateur." (Frazier will be at his restaurant Thursday night for Game 5 of the Finals.)
On smartphones (Frazier was making an appearance at a launch event for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone): "(Samsung) didn't know I was a novice, and this is something that I really needed. I've had the phone a couple of days and I see how people use it. That's one of my pet peeves; people on computers all the time. I even Googled myself to see about my restaurant and what the critics were saying. It's amazing how much stuff there is. I was like, 'All this is me?' ... Having this phone is a quantum leap (laughs). I jumped in. My flip phone is history."
On Twitter: "Usually I give it to my son, though, but I give him the rhymes. Now I'm able to do it myself, which is even better. I don't have to depend on him as much. I kind of felt left out. I was fighting it, but I realized I gotta do it, man. You don't have to be hooked; I don't want to get hooked on it. But it's a necessity to communicate."
On what fans can expect next with his new smartphone: "Textin' and vextin' (laughs).
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