“The star player must slay his ego and learn teamwork and communication skills before he can achieve the ultimate in sports.”
Walt Frazier was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987. Frazier was a star on the two New York Knicks Championship teams, in 1969-70 and 1972-73. Frazier averaged 18.9 points, 6.1 assists, and 5.9 rebounds per game during his 13 year NBA career. Walt Frazier was a seven-time All-Star, and on seven occasions he was named to the first team All NBA Defensive team. Frazier has been a color commentator on New York Knicks telecasts for many years.
It was a joy to watch Walt Frazier play basketball. He became more of a scorer as his career progressed; however, he always was a team player who was unselfish. Frazier had extremely quick hands, great peripheral vision, and always displayed terrific court awareness. Those attributes helped make him a terrific defensive player – one who played the passing lanes exceptionally well. Walt Frazier was one of the greatest guards in NBA history, and he rose to the occasion in the 7th Game of the 1969-70 NBA Championship Series against the Lakes. Frazier scored 36 points, dished out 19 assists, and had five steals. Walt Frazier and those Knicks teams played the game the way I like to see it played: with a constant emphasis on finding the open man.