“No One Like DJ? How About Clyde?”
Posted by Steve Bzomowski on March 1, 2007
In the intro to the espn radio interview with Bird re: DJ (“Bird: DJ was more than a point guard”), there is a short piece in which Bob Ryan states that there was no one like DJ, that he played his position like no one before or since. Dan Patrick, the interviewer, brought Ryan’s point up to Bird and suggested Joe Dumars as a comparison. Bird rejected it citing DJ’s duties as point guard.
All that came to mind after seeing Walt “Clyde” Frazier at The Garden last night. (He does radio for the Knicks.)
How about it? Was Clyde’s game comparable to that played by DJ?
1) wasn’t a classic point, but assumed those duties;
2) was a true defensive stopper and game changer from the defensive end;
3) subordinated his game, somewhat, so that others and the team could flourish;
4) rose to the occasion during big (and the biggest) games;
5) fearless and astoundingly effective at taking it to the hoop in crucial situations;
6) not a classic shooting form (that’s for sure), but, similar to DJ, could be counted on to take it and make it if necessary;
7) surprising rebounder from the position.