When Walt Became ‘Clyde’

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This photo was taken in 1970 as the Knicks were becoming a big topic of discussion in the NBA. Kalinsky notes that before Walt Frazier became “Clyde,” the pair often spoke about potential alter-egos for Frazier.

On this day, Frazier simply walked into Kalinsky’s office dressed in green from head-to-toe, complete with green alligator shoes. Kalinsky saw an opportunity – one that eventually led to the evolution of Walt to “Clyde”.

“He walked into my office and I said, ‘I don’t think I’m going to say anymore, but let’s go downstairs – this deserves a photo of some sort’. In the next week or two, as the Knicks were really becoming an item and there was a possibility that they might go to the championship, Newsweek magazine called me and asked if I had any pictures of the players.”

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“I said that in addition to action shots, I had been taking other kinds of pictures off the court. So I sent that along with the action shot pictures and this picture ran fairly big in Newsweek magazine. Then the Knicks’ office got about three or four hundred requests – mostly from women – wanting to know if they could get an original picture of that shot. I gave him a print, he brings it into the locker room, and for me – this was fun – he shows the picture to Danny Whelan, the Knicks’ trainer, and Danny said, ‘Clyde!’ It just came out. He looked at the picture and said ‘Clyde’ from Bonnie and Clyde – that was the hot movie at the moment. And that’s how Clyde became Clyde.”

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The Stylin’ & Profilin’ Pioneer

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“This was the first outrageous outfit I’ve ever seen him wear. And everybody was looking at him – they found him to be very unusual because in those days you didn’t see [many] pictures of athletes and what they looked like off the field. This was sort of the beginning. I was shooting shots of what people looked like off the court and there was a tremendous interest in that because nobody ever did that before.”

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“This was the first outrageous outfit I’ve ever seen him wear. And everybody was looking at him – they found him to be very unusual because in those days you didn’t see [many] pictures of athletes and what they looked like off the field. This was sort of the beginning. I was shooting shots of what people looked like off the court and there was a tremendous interest in that because nobody ever did that before.”

 

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DEVELOPING A NEWER LOOK DEVILS

Lou Lamoriello‘s quest for a newer-look Devils has begun. Where the retooling stops, only Lou knows.

This much is certain; the Devils’ boss did very well by his franchise, obtaining not one but two draft picks for Jaromir Jagr, the surprisingly adept senior citizen who played a lot better in New Jersey than anyone ever had expected.

Because of Jagr’s scoring profligacy, the Devils obtained a second-rounder in the 2015 Entry Draft with a conditional third-rounder in 2016 as the extra-added attraction few expected to come Lou’s way.

“This is not just a trade for the sake of a trade,” Lamoriello explained. “We know the value of draft picks and we know the timing of certain things.

“We also know our players here. I’m expecting both Martin Havlat and Michael Ryder to come forward and I’m expecting other people in our lineup to take it and run with it.”

With the trade deadline just around the calendar, Lou indicated that he still might make a move — or two — if the right deal can be made.

In this case, the clock is ticking fast and that explains why many onlookers were surprised at the speed with which the Jagr deal was consummated.

Lamoriello: “Timing is something that sometimes you can’t control. The deal gave us an opportunity to acquire two picks that we feel can help us in the future.”

And speaking of timing, the trade deadline arrives on Monday, 3 p.m.

Between now and then, enjoy the frenzy!

 

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QUOTH THE MAVEN: SCINTILLATING THOUGHTS AROUND THE LEAGUE (2/25)

“Quoth The Maven” is a weekly column where Stan Fischler touches on the three local teams plus other hot NHL items.

1. The best Devils surprise of the season has to be Scotty Gomez. Actually, he showed that he had the goods way back in the fall during the Devils-Islanders exhibition game at Barclays Center. Too bad he didn’t make the varsity from Game One.

2. If I’m Glen Sather, I’d bring Mats Zuccarello back next season. The little guy’s grit, willingness to take on any size foe and scoring touch should guarantee a return to 7th Avenue.

3. Speaking of bringing players back, I’d bring back Jordin Tootoo to Newark. Not only does he provide toughness and is willing to drop the gloves to change the momentum, he has illuminated the goal light as well with his added ice time.

Devils right winger Jordin Tootoo discusses his hardships growing up, his bout with alcoholism and how he was able to turn his life around and become a successful NHL player.

4. From here to Game 82, we’ll be guessing whether the Islanders are overachievers or really that good.

5. Actually, the answer won’t come until after the first playoff round. If Jack Capuano’s skaters make it to Round Two, we will be able to say they are that good.

6. The most underrated hockey people who nobody ever talks about are the Red Wings’ scouts who have come up with more gems out of the blue than any collection of NHL bird dogs.

7. Adam Larsson’s play has taken on new life under Scott Stevens. The young Swede has taken advantage of his newfound role and is primed to prosper.

8. Whoever found Kevin Hayes deserves a medal. Between Hayes and Chris Kreider, the Rangers have one of the best one-two punches who can outskate most foes.

9. Speaking of speed, name one team out of 29 that is faster than the Blueshirts. Sorry, there is none.

10. There’s no disagreement that the atmosphere at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum never has been more vibrant, spontaneous and electrifying.

11. I guess Cam Talbot and Mackenzie Skapski have answered the Rangers goaltending question: No need for a deal before the deadline.

12. Carey Price vs. Rick Nash vs. John Tavares! How about a dead heat for the Hart Trophy!!!

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13. Since the NHL has an award for almost everything but breathing why not, “The Most Underrated Player of the Year?”

14. Jack Capuano insists that the Canucks are not dirty — Just “gritty.”

15. That takes Derek Dorsett off the hook, doesn’t it? Answer: Not quite!

16. My buddy, Tommy Murray, insists that the Penguins are the whining kings of the NHL. Any objections — outside Pittsburgh?

17. I wouldn’t mind seeing John Tortorella behind an NHL bench. Ditto Mike Keenan.

18. Due to the recent renaissance of Steve Bernier, the Devils find themselves in the position of possibly shipping him out for draft picks and future considerations.

19. Johnny Boychuk doesn’t like my nickname for him, “The Edmonton Rifle.”

20. Jordin Tootoo and Scott Gomez have a good case for winning the Masterton Trophy.

21. Nick Leddy‘s breakouts may not be breathtaking, but they sure are therapeutic for the Islanders defense.

22. Recommended Book! Black Ice: The Val James Story by Valmore James and John Gallagher.
WATCH: The Maven Sits Down With Val James

23. No question that Lou Lamoriello‘s decision to go behind the Devils bench was a lot wiser than any critics believed. Which brought the question – What do critics know anyhow?

Lou Lamoriello

24. Don’t look now but the anti-shootout bloc is gaining more influence. Don’t be surprised if you see three-on-three overtime with a modified shootout next season.

25. Bob Hartley won’t win the Adams Award a coach of the year, but the splendid job he’s done in Calgary sure should get him Almost Coach of the Year.

26. Just saying, I miss Zenon Konopka big-time. Loved his humor when he skated for the Islanders.

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A Bond That Will Last a Lifetime

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In 1967, Clyde Frazier was drafted by the Knicks along with Phil Jackson, the current president of the franchise. Before Jackson had extreme success as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers (11 rings!), he was also part of the Knicks’ two championship teams.

In this shot, Kalinsky snapped a photo of the pair celebrating shortly after being drafted by the Knicks.

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“This is one of the first pictures I took of Clyde as a Knick. He was introduced at a restaurant called Mama Leone’s in the city and this is the press conference for Phil Jackson and Walt Frazier, who were coming to the Knicks. Everybody’s meeting for the first time in their life. So Phil and Clyde – or Walt at the time – were just toasting that they became Knickerbockers. They couldn’t have been more than 22 years old.”

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The Start of a Beautiful Friendship

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This picture documents the day when Kalinsky first met Clyde. Clyde was the star of the Southern Illinois Salukis, while Kalinsky was recently employed by The Garden as its photographer.

In 1967, the Salukis played in the NIT (National Invitation Tournament) at The Garden.  The night ended with Southern Illinois winning the championship and Clyde receiving the MVP award – and Kalinsky captured that moment.

“This was the first time I really photographed him with personality and not playing. The ceremony was going on and the reporters were talking to him, so I guess in between reporters, I introduced myself and we started talking and somehow we got into kids. We were talking about interests, etc.”

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“He told me that he still really feels comfortable being with kids. Because kids are honest – they’re truthful and he enjoys helping them. Especially those who need help. So I remember that as the first conversation we ever had. It was 10 minutes or 20 minutes after taking the photograph. So he lucked into playing in the NIT at Madison Square Garden, lucked out to win the MVP and lucked out to have his whole career at Madison Square Garden.”

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George Kalinsky’s 5 Favorite Clyde Photos

George Kalinsky has been the official photographer of the Madison Square Garden since 1966. He has photographed people from all walks of life: The pope, rock stars, politicians, and of course, athletes.

In Kalinsky’s early years at The Garden, he had the privilege of shooting the 1970 NBA Finals – a series in which New York Knicks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers to win their first championship. One of the stars of the NBA Finals that year was Hall-Of-Famer and current MSG Network broadcaster, Walt “Clyde” Frazier.

Not only was Frazier instrumental in leading the Knicks to their two championship titles (1970, 1973), but he also happens to be one of Kalinsky’s favorite subjects to photograph. Equally important to Frazier’s athletic prowess in the 1970s is his unparalleled style – and Kalinsky has captured both.

On March 29, 2015, Walt “Clyde” Frazier will celebrate his 70th birthday. And to reflect on his great career and style, Kalinsky took a trip into the past to pick out his favorite “Clyde” shots.

THE STYLIN’ & PROFILIN’ PIONEER

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During the 1970 NBA Finals, Kalinsky took this photo at a Los Angeles airport.

Here, Clyde can be seen sporting a striped suit, an ornate tie and patent leather shoes. According to Kalinsky, the suit was gray (as is shown here) and the shoes and tie were black-and-white.

For Kalinsky, this type of shot of an athlete was unprecedented.

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“This was the first outrageous outfit I’ve ever seen him wear. And everybody was looking at him – they found him to be very unusual because in those days you didn’t see [many] pictures of athletes and what they looked like off the field. This was sort of the beginning. I was shooting shots of what people looked like off the court and there was a tremendous interest in that because nobody ever did that before.”

WHEN WALT BECAME ‘CLYDE’

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This photo was taken in 1970 as the Knicks were becoming a big topic of discussion in the NBA. Kalinsky notes that before Walt Frazier became “Clyde,” the pair often spoke about potential alter-egos for Frazier.

On this day, Frazier simply walked into Kalinsky’s office dressed in green from head-to-toe, complete with green alligator shoes. Kalinsky saw an opportunity – one that eventually led to the evolution of Walt to “Clyde”.

“He walked into my office and I said, ‘I don’t think I’m going to say anymore, but let’s go downstairs – this deserves a photo of some sort’. In the next week or two, as the Knicks were really becoming an item and there was a possibility that they might go to the championship, Newsweek magazine called me and asked if I had any pictures of the players.”

clyde_kalinsky-hat-suit-wall_vintage

“I said that in addition to action shots, I had been taking other kinds of pictures off the court. So I sent that along with the action shot pictures and this picture ran fairly big in Newsweek magazine. Then the Knicks’ office got about three or four hundred requests – mostly from women – wanting to know if they could get an original picture of that shot. I gave him a print, he brings it into the locker room, and for me – this was fun – he shows the picture to Danny Whelan, the Knicks’ trainer, and Danny said, ‘Clyde!’ It just came out. He looked at the picture and said ‘Clyde’ from Bonnie and Clyde – that was the hot movie at the moment. And that’s how Clyde became Clyde.”

THE START OF A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP

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This picture documents the day when Kalinsky first met Clyde. Clyde was the star of the Southern Illinois Salukis, while Kalinsky was recently employed by The Garden as its photographer.

In 1967, the Salukis played in the NIT (National Invitation Tournament) at The Garden.  The night ended with Southern Illinois winning the championship and Clyde receiving the MVP award – and Kalinsky captured that moment.

“This was the first time I really photographed him with personality and not playing. The ceremony was going on and the reporters were talking to him, so I guess in between reporters, I introduced myself and we started talking and somehow we got into kids. We were talking about interests, etc.”

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“He told me that he still really feels comfortable being with kids. Because kids are honest – they’re truthful and he enjoys helping them. Especially those who need help. So I remember that as the first conversation we ever had. It was 10 minutes or 20 minutes after taking the photograph. So he lucked into playing in the NIT at Madison Square Garden, lucked out to win the MVP and lucked out to have his whole career at Madison Square Garden.”

A BOND THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME

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In 1967, Clyde Frazier was drafted by the Knicks along with Phil Jackson, the current president of the franchise. Before Jackson had extreme success as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers (11 rings!), he was also part of the Knicks’ two championship teams.

In this shot, Kalinsky snapped a photo of the pair celebrating shortly after being drafted by the Knicks.

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“This is one of the first pictures I took of Clyde as a Knick. He was introduced at a restaurant called Mama Leone’s in the city and this is the press conference for Phil Jackson and Walt Frazier, who were coming to the Knicks. Everybody’s meeting for the first time in their life. So Phil and Clyde – or Walt at the time – were just toasting that they became Knickerbockers. They couldn’t have been more than 22 years old.”

KEEPING HIS COOL UNDER PRESSURE

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Kalinsky also photographed the Knicks in their prime and naturally, Clyde found his way into the spotlight. The 1970 NBA Finals were no exception.

Often referred to as “The Willis Reed Game” due to Reed’s sheer tenacity to play despite injury, this night saw Clyde turn out perhaps the greatest Game 7 performance ever, as he scored 36 points and dished out 19 assists.

And while this game was exciting to say the least, Clyde kept what Kalinsky calls his “cool”.

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“This is the moment before the ending of the first championship game – Game 7 when they won their first championship. Clyde had the ball and you can see there are 23 seconds left in the game. And Clyde is a person that never shows emotion, all through the years. I feel like the few times we got pictures of him showing emotion would be the few times he showed any. He and Bradley were not rah-rah. And while Bradley is very subdued, Clyde is charismatic in his own way.”

George Kalinsky has taken iconic photos of some of the most recognizable faces in history. Elvis Presley, Bill Clinton, Pope John Paul II, Muhammad Ali, and the Dalai Lama – to name a few. But Kalinsky had a special affinity for Clyde. When speaking about Clyde, Kalinsky’s tone is one of enchantment.

“Clyde still has that happy feeling that a child would have. He still has the creativity to think that there aren’t many hurdles that would be in his way. It’s an unrestricted way of being creative. He seems to always be ‘on’ in terms of looking happy. Even when he walks with his outfits, he walks creatively. So when you photograph him, you’re not photographing the average person that hasn’t been photographed before. You’re photographing someone who really loves and knows he’s charismatic, and loves to be a little different but is honest in front of the camera.”

“I think the word innovative is really good for Clyde because he’s innovative in relation to his style – his color – and he’s proved over the years that he’s done a lot of things – like the Puma, like Clyde itself – to come up with that alter ego – he’s lived creatively.”

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John McEnroe’s Mask Design

Check out Hank's new mask that tennis great John McEnroe helped design on the second episode of "The Mask With Henrik Lundqvist."

“YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS”

“Vintage Rock” was the theme of Henrik’s mask with the legendary tennis champion, John McEnroe. Both Henrik and McEnroe wanted to capture the rock star energy of the 80’s visually on the mask, while also combining both their hobbies.

The mask features a tribute to great rockers such as Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and the late Jimi Hendrix, displaying the duos shared love of music. The mask also features a skull designed by McEnroe which boasts the classic headband and big hair he was famous for in the 80’s.

The chin piece on the mask is a nod to both Henrik and McEnroe’s professions; featuring a tennis racket and goalie stick. The mask also has a tribute to New York, with a picture of the skyline and the saying, “Long Live The Rock,” highlighting the love that these two have for their city and classic rock-n-roll.

Henrik surprised McEnroe by adding McEnroe’s signature saying, “You Can’t Be Serious,” to the front piece. This mask highlights both men’s love of music, their hometown, and professions, while maintaining a vintage rock-n-roll feel.

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Mario Batali’s Mask Design

Check out Hank's new goalie mask that chef Mario Batali helped design on the first episode of "The Mask With Henrik Lundqvist."

“PIZZA IS TRUTH”

“If there is anything I love more than hockey, it’s good food,” Henrik said before designing a mask with celebrity chef, Mario Batali. Both men are passionate about food and New York, so bringing that passion into the mask was simple.

Batali eagerly pitched his design idea: an image of him riding his Vespa in his signature orange Crocs, down the hill of Mount Vesuvius while holding a basket of tomatoes, with lava flowing behind him. The cartoon nature of the mask reflects Batali’s energy and excitement when it comes to food as well as his attitude toward life.

Batali also wanted to include one of his great loves, pizza, along with the saying “Pizza is truth.” Henrik proposed juxtaposing the Italian side of the mask with a New York side to reflect Batali and his hometown.

The mask features classic New York imagery such as the Little Italy’s cross streets of Mott and Grand, the Brooklyn Bridge on a starry night, and Batali’s own restaurant, Babbo. This mask highlights the love that Batali and Henrik have for food and New York in a creative and passionate way.

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14 Things You May Not Know About Henrik Lundqvist

Here are 14 things you may not know about the Rangers netminder.

1. Henrik is a co-owner of Tiny’s and The Bar Upstairs, a three-story restaurant in TriBeCa. 
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2. His favorite movie line is “Give them nothing, but take from them everything.” from 300.
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3. In 2006 (his first season with the Rangers), he was named one of People magazine’s “World’s 100 Most Beautiful People.”

4. Plays the guitar: Was in a Swedish rock band and has performed with friend John McEnroe in New York clubs.

5. He has appeared on Light Night With Jimmy Fallon and in January 2013, he showed off his guitar skills.
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6. In 2009, he was named “Sexiest Ice Man” by Page Six magazine.

7. His childhood idols were Swedish goaltender Peter (Pekka) Lindmark, Patrick Roy and Dominik Hasek.

8.  Loves fashion and has made numerous best-dressed lists, including the prestigious Vanity Fair International Best-Dressed List.  
ONLY THREE PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES MADE THE VF LIST

9. Has an identical twin brother named Joel, who is a professional hockey player in Sweden.

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10. Says his style icon is “Frank Sinatra.”

11. Married his long-time girlfriend Therese Andersson in August 2011 in his hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden.

12. His first child, daughter Charlise, was born on July 10, 2012.

13. Has his own line of apparel called “Crown Collection,” where a portion of the proceeds benefit underprivileged children.  
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14. His favorite sport (besides hockey) is soccer.

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