Atlanta’s Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier still ‘Rockin’ Steady’

Friday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution features my Q and A with Atlanta native and NBA legend Walt “Clyde” Frazier. The story is exclusive for subscribers of the newspaper and the iPad app:

As a player, Walt Frazier was known as a tough defender and floor leader for the New York Knicks teams that won championships in 1970 and ‘73. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987.

Off the court, Frazier was noted for his unique sense of style. He tooled around Manhattan in a Rolls Royce that he christened the ‘Clyde-mobile,’ and his wardrobe included mink coats, snakeskin boots and wide-brimmed hats. The latter accessories led Frazier to be nicknamed ‘Clyde’ for Warren Beatty’s character Clyde Barrow in the 1967 film “Bonnie and Clyde.”

But there’s one thing Frazier said he isn’t so well-known for: his hometown of Atlanta. “Even now, most people think I am a New Yorker,” Frazier said. “I don’t forget my roots. People ask where I’m from, I say, ‘Hey, I’m from Atlanta, Georgia.’ I don’t say New York. I’m proud of my heritage and the way the city has prospered.”

Frazier will be in town with the Knicks on Friday to broadcast their game against the Hawks for MSG Network. His notable 1974 book, “Rockin’ Steady: A Guide to Basketball and Cool,” was re-issued in October. Frazier spoke with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution about the book, basketball and how to catch flies with your hands.

To read the Q and A, pick up a copy of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution or log on to the paper’s iPad app.

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