New York icon and basketball legend Walt “Clyde” Frazier began his broadcasting career at MSG in 1987, first in radio and then on television. The Hall of Fame player and Knicks star now serves as the Knicks television analyst alongside nationally recognized play-by-play announcer Mike Breen.
Frazier started his television career shortly after retiring in 1980, serving as an NBA analyst for TBS in 1981 where he broadcasted Hawks games in his hometown of Atlanta. Since joining MSG, Frazier has earned a number of New York Emmy Award nominations for his work covering the New York Knicks.
Frazier was nicknamed “Clyde” by former Knicks backup center Nate Bowman who thought his stylish hats and smooth talk likened him to Warren Beatty’s character in the movie “Bonnie and Clyde.” Frazier brings an innovative approach to the broadcasting booth by using an array of rhymes and a very impressive vocabulary during telecasts. He carries a dictionary in his pocket and is often found reading it when traveling with the team.
“Clyde” has been a staple of the New York community since he began his Knicks career in 1967 and continues to be an integral part of the city’s sports scene. Often seen signing autographs at Madison Square Garden, he continues to give back to New York City, making numerous appearances every year on behalf of the Garden’s Garden of Dreams Foundation, which aids New York area kids in crisis.
A graduate of Southern Illinois University, which he lead to a National Invitation Tournament Championship in 1967, Frazier was the Knicks’ first round draft pick that same year. He played in New York for 10 years, averaging 19.3 points per game, and helped the Knicks capture two World Championships (1969-70 and 1972-73). Along the way he was named to the NBA’s All-Star Team seven times. He played three seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers from 1977-78 to 1979-80 before retiring. Frazier was the Knicks all-time leading scorer until Patrick Ewing broke his record for career points during the 1993-94 season. He is especially remembered for his inspirational performance in the seventh and deciding game of the thrilling 1970 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers when he scored an astounding 36 points and had 19 assists to lead the Knicks franchise to its first NBA championship.
Frazier’s uniform number (10) was retired to the Madison Square Garden rafters on October 15, 1979 and “Clyde” was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1986, along with Rick Barry and the late “Pistol” Pete Maravich. In 1996, Frazier was named one of the fifty greatest players in NBA history, as part of the league’s golden anniversary. He is also a member of the Madison Square Garden Walk of Fame and the Georgia Hall of Fame. His college uniform number (52) has been retired by Southern Illinois University.
On April 1, 2012, Frazier opened a restaurant, “Clyde Frazier’s Wine & Dine,” located on 10th Avenue between 37th and 38th Streets in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. The décor reflects “Clyde’s” unique and eccentric fashion sense, specifically his collection of over 200 suits, including cow and leopard patterns and every color imaginable.
In 1996, Frazier opened The Walt Frazier Youth Foundation, an organization that helps inner-city high school students’ gain the hope needed to achieve their full potential.
Frazier lives in Manhattan but spends a great deal of time in St. Croix in the Virgin Islands where he owns a bed and breakfast. He also enjoys gardening, jogging, sailing and reading the Arts and Leisure section of The New York Times. He has one son, Walt III, and one daughter, Angel.
The Garden of Dreams Foundation helps kids facing obstacles in the Tri-State area, including Rangers fan Taylor Ryan who is battling a rare blood disorder called Langerhans cell histiocytosis.