Moniker Project: Round 3: Channing Frye
So you’ve spoken and we’ve decided on Martell “The Definition” Websterand Travis “Trout” Outlaw (though the Mr. Fantastic resemblance is uncanny). We now turn our attention to a new Blazer, Channing Frye. More than any other Blazer we’ve seen in a long time, Channing seems to have truly embraced the spirit and true essence of Portland. He blogs about Keeping Portland Weird and asks his fans to suggest things to do with his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day (the best suggestion, by far, was to hit a 20ft jumper in her honor). The Arizona stand-out made waves his rookie season and ended up as a selection on the All Rookie First Team. The biggest complaint about the guy coming out of ‘Zona was that he was too nice and goofball !?! But that’s exactly what makes him such a great addition to this team. He has formed a bond with the rest of the nucleus of this team and is finding a place that he fits in with what he calls “some of the coolest guys I’ve met so far.” He is athletic with good mobility and can definitely hit the long jumper. There are times that he could be meaner, but not every player has to get into someone’s face to play aggressively (though he did get T’d up last night for jawing with Royal Isley – nice guy or tough guy?). His website says his nickname is C. Money (photos here). Now, I’m not going to say that isn’t a good nickname, but it doesn’t really seem to say anything about HIM as a person or as a player. He’s way too much of an individual to have a nickname that anyone could have (see urban dictionary here).
It’s hard to imagine a laid-back guy like Channing happy in New York, but it makes him a perfect for this team and, more importantly, this city.We’ve contacted Frye’s representatives and promised to pass along the favorite nickname. Give us your thoughts in the comments section. Help us make Channing into a household name in Portland.