Dapper defender with a smooth game.
His nickname, "Clyde," given by a Knicks trainer, originates with the folk-hero robber Clyde Barrow. His big hats and general infamy were chronicled in the film "Bonnie and Clyde," and Frazier in his playing days was know for his big hats and fashion sense as well.
Recruited more prominently as a football player out of Atlanta's Howard High School, Frazier -- believing there to be a limited path to the pros as a Black quarterback -- opted instead to play basketball at Southern Illinois. Frazier eventually led the team to a National Invitational Tournament title while earning All-America honors.
Frazier, who left the Knicks holding team records in scoring (14,617 points), assists (4,791), games played (759) and minutes (28,995), averaged 18.9 ppg in 825 regular-season games, elevating that to 20.7 ppg in 93 playoff contests. He earned seven NBA All-Star appearances, along with four All-NBA First Team honors and seven NBA All-Defensive First Team showings.
The arrival of Frazier in 1967-68 paid off or both he and the team. New York made the playoffs every season from then until 1974-75, making the East finals four times, the NBA Finals three times and winning two championships while also winning 49 or more games in five of those eight seasons.
The 1970 Knicks won a memorable seven-game championship series over Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor and Jerry West, with Willis Reed's immortalized return from injury for Game 7 at Madison Square Garden obscuring Frazier's sublime 33-point, 19-assist, five-steal performance.
Frazier was named one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1996, following the retirement of his No. 10 Knicks jersey in 1979 and induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987.
In 1989, Frazier returned to New York and embarked upon a broadcasting career that has lasted more than three decades, rhyming his way into the hearts of every new generation of Knicks fans.