Knicks Cook Wiz Behind Frye’s 30 Points

By Jerald LeVon Hoover
Updated: January 8, 2006

NEW YORK – So far so good with the Knicks this calendar year as they are undefeated and proud of it as rookie small forward, David Lee implored fellow rookie and close friend Channing Frye to tell the throng of media that surrounded him in the Knicks locker room. Yes, there was a huge contingent of media flocked around the star of the night.

Not that it wasn’t deserved of him, for anytime a rookie albeit a lottery pick, but considered “soft” by most so called experts can rack up 30 points in less than 30 minutes (26 to be exact) praise should go to him. Frye on an astounding 11 for 13 shooting which included a 3-pointer and several crowd pleasing dunks or dribble drives helped the Knicks bury the Gilbert Arenas led Washington Wizards 113-92.

Arenas, who is the NBA’s fourth leading scorer was off to a hot start as he scored 16 points in the first quarter. The Knicks as usual didn’t help matters much as they had 9 turnovers in that quarter. It’s a good thing NBA games last for 4 quarters because it was the third and forth quarters where the Knicks rallied from a close game to pull away.

Frye, who is the second leading rookie scorer behind the now injured Chris Paul of the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets was simply magnificent. From this standpoint, he is making team president Isiah Thomas look like a real genius for drafting him with the 8th overall pick.

At this rate Frye’s emergence will make Knicks fans soon forget about former Knicks power forward Kurt Thomas. Kurt’s team, the Phoenix Suns invaded the Garden the previous game and lost in the dramatic triple overtime game. A game in which Kurt fouled out before scoring a very quiet 8 points and not being a real force on the defensive end either.

Frye is not only earning the praise of team veterans as Stephon Marbury who had a solid game himself with 11 assist added, “Frye was unstoppable, he can really shoot the ball.” But, he is also gaining supreme confidence in the coaching staff as he is a very humble and coachable kid. Head coach Larry Brown added, “I told Channing today, that when you’re open just shoot the ball. And if you’re not either dribble drive it or pass it along to a teammate and run a pick and roll.”

That is the level of trust Brown has gained in Frye and his sweet Allan Houstonesqe stroke.

GAME NOTES: Reserve guard Jamal Crawford sat out the game with a turned ankled he suffered in the Suns game. The Knicks reactivated head case and out of shape center, Jerome James from the suspended list but he didn’t get a sniff of playing time as Brown true to form has shorted the rotation to nine. Malik Rose also sat out the festivities. Nate Robinson also had a solid game as he was tied with fellow backcourt mate, Marbury with 16 points. Robinson who stands a generously noted 5-7 also had 7 rebounds to go with his 7 turnovers.