Jan. 6, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge controls the ball against Phoenix Suns center Channing Frye at the US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Trail Blazers 102-77. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Positive Outlook For Channing Frye To Return


It is always an inspiring thing to see someone, no matter how great a star they are, make a comeback from a lost season.

Suns center Channing Frye, who missed all of the 2012-2013 season with a heart condition, looks to be able to do just that.  He has, been cleared by several doctors to return to the court. Several days ago, Frye hinted at his comeback when he posted a photo on his Instagram account, a picture taken of him in-game in a previous season. The photo was accompanied by the caption “YEP”. Suns GM Ryan McDonough previously told the Arizona Republic  “All the results we’ve gotten on Channing are positive. We’re just waiting for a conclusion.” The conclusion is seemingly that he has recovered. Frye has been getting back to exercising for the past couple of months, and said several doctors  gave him the okay to resume his career with the Suns approval.

Frye suffered from a condition called dilated cardiomyopathy, or an enlarged heart. This means that the arteries that pump blood throughout a person become larger, making them less powerful. A weaker heart would obviously be a problem for someone in a physically demanding job like playing in the NBA, so Frye was told not to engage in any basketball-related activities. He was restricted to golf and yoga for a long time, but vowed that he would come back when healthy.

The Suns should make a decision on what to do with him. McDonough has kicked the rebuilding process into high gear, a circumstance that could make Frye, who is nearly 30 years old and is due a hefty amount of money, the subject of trade talks.

Whether he stays in Phoenix or is moved, Frye will most likely be able to resume his NBA career in 2013.

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  • Benjamin Marín

    Frye has two years left on his contract, so the Suns do not have to figure anything out about his contract status until 2015. A big man who can spread the floor is valuable commodity. His presence forces big man to leave the paint and guard him. Gortat needs all the offensive help in the paint, and our penetration players can benefit from his skills when bigs clear out the paint. Plus in 2014 free agency Frye is a nice component to have because star free agents want to play with a player with his unique skill set. His salary is also relatively low.

  • SOUTHPHILLY

    Frye has to go. There is no room on the Suns roster for a player who can only shoot part time and gives very little else. Way to many players coming out and free agents that bring much more to he table.