Walt "Clyde" Frazier is never at a loss for words. The nattily dressed Hall of Famer and New York Knicks color commentator has long had a reputation as a loquacious broadcaster with a particular knack for turning a phrase, especially a phrase that rhymes (also, presumably, the phrase that pays). His penchant for poetics like "swooping and hooping," "bounding and astounding" and "huffing and stuffing" has inspired a pretty fun dictionary, a phenomenal Knicks blog and a wonderful NBA podcast, among other things, giving fans and followers a great many laughs over the years.
These days, though, Clyde's got a small problem — the Knicks have won eight in a row and 13 of their last 14 games, a stretch of scorching play the likes of which Madison Square Garden hasn't seen since the 1994-95 season. And after so much time spent relying on rhymes describing the persistent futility that has marked the last decade of Knicks basketball, Frazier quipped to Joe Brescia of the New York Times' Off the Dribble blog, he's got to find some new material:
The Knicks' resurgence is causing problems for opposing teams and challenging Walt Frazier's vocabulary.
"I have to come up with some new rhymes now," Frazier said about the catchy phrases that he uses as the analyst for the team's games on MSG. "They're no longer the stumbling, bumbling, fumbling Knicks."
From the perspective of a Knicks fan, this is obviously one of those good problems — while we certainly don't like to hear Clyde reaching, we'll take that 16-9 record every day of the week and twice on Sunday, thanks. And it's not like Clyde's rhyme tank is on E — he busted out a winner during the Knicks' Sunday matinee victory over the Denver Nuggets, following a nice play by rookie shooting guard Landry Fields(notes) by saying, "The neophyte continues to be a delight." That's just good times, right there.
But still, Clyde's given us so much; it only seems fair to help him out with some new, positive potential rhymes. (Plus, rhyming is fun. Just ask rappers. They love it!) So in the spirit of extending my hand to my man and screaming, "I'm on my way," here are some I came up with over the weekend:
Defeating and unseating
Vanquishing, not languishing
Scoring more points than the other team and storing barn door shoulder joints when he brother gleam
Victorious masterds, unlike Inglorious Basterds, for which I did not care
No postseason? That's high treason!
Since I'm pretty sure you guys will all love this idea, feel free to leave yours in the comments.
- Walt Frazier