Channing Frye

Channing Frye believes he could beat CJ McCollum in a 3-PT contest

Channing Frye believes he could beat CJ McCollum in a 3-PT contest

On the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast, NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy award winner Dan Sheldon bring up an interesting topic that may proceed into a future challenge.

Dan: Who would win a 3-pt contest? You, Dame or CJ? And can we pay per view to settle this argument?

Channing: Dame would be first. I would be second and CJ would be third.

I never cared about numbers, I just wanted to win. So for me, if they were like ‘just keep shooting,’ I was just shooting. I have a math disability on purpose, like I can’t remember numbers. Certain games I didn’t even know how many points I had just because I was so focused on just the score of the game. — Channing Frye

With that being said, let’s look at the numbers:

Before the cancellation of the NBA season, Damian Lillard was shooting 39.4% from 3-PT range; CJ McCollum was at 38%; and over the course of his NBA career, Frye was shooting 38.8%.

So technically by the numbers, Frye is correct in his assessment of who would win this 3-PT contest between the three, he just didn’t know the exact numbers at the time of this recording.

I just couldn’t give myself last so I just picked the lesser of the two. I just feel like CJ, no offense, has lesser following than Dame so I don’t want to get roasted by the “Damianites.” — Channing Frye

Although we are all encouraged to practice social distancing and remain indoors, one can’t help but think this challenge may be in the works when the COVID-19 pandemic is finally under control. 

You can listen to the full Talkin’ Blazers podcast below:

Payton Pritchard may not be a starter in the NBA, but he will help teams win

Payton Pritchard may not be a starter in the NBA, but he will help teams win

And just like that, Payton Pritchard’s career as an Oregon Duck is in the books, or rather record books.

The Pac-12 Player of the Year and four-year starter joins UO Hall of Famers Ron Lee and Luke Jackson as the only players in program history with 1,000 career points, 400 career rebounds and 400 career assists and has recorded 109 consecutive starts.

His collegiate career is certainly noteworthy. Pritchard averaged 20.5 points, 5.5 assits and 4.3 rebounds in his senior season with the Ducks.

On the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast, co-host Channing Frye breaks down Pritchard’s basketball career at Oregon and analyzes what kind of future the kid from West Linn has in the NBA.

I’ve seen him every day, working out, getting better and better. Worked out with him last summer, seen him develop at Oregon and become the player he is. Do I think he’s a starting guard in the NBA? No. But do I think he’s a 10-year pro, a great NBA player, do I think he’s going to help teams win? One hundred percent. 

I think his work ethic, his attitude towards the game and just his ability to win, he’s going to be a pro for a long time. He’s a good, good, good player. — Channing Frye

Here is where Pritchard stands in current 2020 NBA mock drafts:

No. 46 to the Brooklyn Nets (NBAdraftnet.com)

No. 59 to the Los Angeles Lakers (draftsite.com)

(Undrafted according to Bleacher Report and NBA Draft Room)

You can listen to the full Talkin’ Blazers Podcast below:

Channing Frye: There are no flaws in Sabrina Ionescu’s game

Channing Frye: There are no flaws in Sabrina Ionescu’s game

It doesn’t come as shock to see professional basketball players reaching out, tweeting, video messaging Sabrina Ionescu. The likes of LeBron James, Stephen Curry, John Stockton and many more have shown their support for the Oregon basketball star throughout her collegiate career. 

Our Talkin’ Blazers host and NBA champion Channing Frye is another on that list.

On Frye Day here at NBC Sports Northwest, Frye along with co-host Emmy award winner Dan Sheldon of the Talkin’ Blazers Podcast discussed Ionescu’s career and beyond:

Just an inspiration. Skill-wise, I see no flaws. Tenacious, I mean ridiculously good. I would say one of the best players men or women I’ve seen in college for a long, long time. Congrats on everything, your success and can’t wait to see you play in the big leagues. — Channing Frye

Let’s break down her game by the numbers and awards: 

- John Wooden award winner (2019)

- Wade Trophy winner (2019)

- First player in NBCAA history to record 2,000 points, 1,000 assists and 1,000 rebounds

- NCAA All-Time leader in career triple-doubles with (26)

- 3x Pac-12 Player of the Year (2017, 2018, 2019)

- 2x Nancy Lieberman award winner (2018, 2019)

And a lot more…

But, it isn’t just her on court talent that was impressive. 

It was her ability to change the game off the court and be an inspiration to the next generation of both young girls and young boys in the game of basketball. 

I think she’s going to inspire other girls to do that. I think now, obviously, Kobe had lit that flame but after his passing I think more and more girls are inspired to play basketball. I think more support is on its way. Not only from men but from women also to support basketball in general. I think girls games are going to start being even more cracking than what they are, they’re going to be more excited and that’s going to inspire younger girls to work on their game and be savages. — Channing Frye 

You can listen to the full Talkin’ Blazers Podcast below:

Talkin’ Blazers Podcast: Why it’s now or never for Blazers young guns with Damian Lillard out

Talkin’ Blazers Podcast: Why it’s now or never for Blazers young guns with Damian Lillard out

Channing Frye is back from All-Star weekend and ready for the Portland Trail Blazers to return to action. He joins co-host and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon each Friday on the Talkin’ Blazers Podcast.

This week, the Trail Blazers return from All-Star break and host Zion Williamson and the visiting New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night, and as the injuries are piling up in Portland, more minutes and more opportunities are coming for Anfernee Simons, Gary Trent Jr., Nassir Little, Caleb Swanigan and Wenyen Gabriel.

With 26 games left on the schedule, the Blazers currently sit 3.5 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the eighth and final playoff spot. 

Damian Lillard has been ruled out of the contest with a groin injury.

How should the Blazers handle Dame’s injury?

Channing Frye weighs in: 

Whether they like it or not, this is going to be a big showing us what you’ve learned all season… I think Gary Trent Jr has taken the most advantage of his time. Do I expect him to be amazing? Heck no. When you’re thrown into those situations, you don’t need to win the game, just don’t lose it…

This is time for those guys to put up or shut up. — Channing Frye

You can listen to the full Talkin’ Blazers Podcast below:

Headstrong: Channing Frye offers advice for those who seek it

Headstrong: Channing Frye offers advice for those who seek it

The month of November is Men's Health Awareness Month. ‘The Movember Foundation’ uses November to bring awareness to various men’s physical and mental health issues, as well as support to those tackling prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and more.

Throughout this month, NBC Sports will be releasing numerous videos that feature sports superstars discussing the importance of mental health as well as how they approach the subject. Former NBA star, and former Portland Trail Blazer Channing Frye, was one such athlete that participated in the nationwide project.

It can get better. You can't see it... but it's there

- Channing Frye

Channing Frye has been very open about his battle with depression in recent years. His struggles with mental health had him in a fog. A space where eating was a chore and smiling was a challenge. While he was shining under the bright lights of the NBA, he was in a dark space in his mind. 

But Frye was able to persevere. He was able to clear the fog and find his happy place once again. In doing so, he has been able to offer advice to those who seek to find it. The silliest sounding remedy may just be the cure.

Think outside the box. Wake up, put on happy music, even if you gotta wake up and dance. It seems silly... wake up and say 'I'm thankful for this,' or 'I'm thankful for that.' Change something that you're doing.

Change up the routine, no matter how small. If you are in a dark place and continue to do the same things day-to-day, you can never expect to clear the fog. To clear it, you have to change. Even a minor alteration can have a major impact. While the journey will not be without its bumps, it will be worth it in the end. 

"You're gonna get through it, and you're gonna be better for it, and you're gonna appreciate life a lot more."

You can hear more from Channing Frye in the video above.

Talkin' Blazers Podcast: How do you tell the history of the Blazers without Brandon Roy?

Talkin' Blazers Podcast: How do you tell the history of the Blazers without Brandon Roy?

Carmelo Anthony is back after officially signing with the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday. However, the Blazers did not make his jersey number 7 available to Melo.

No. 7 hasn't been sported since Brandon Roy last wore it in 2011.

Trail Blazers faithful believe and hope that Roy’s No. 7 will eventually be retired by Portland.

In the latest edition of the Talkin' Blazers Podcast with Channing Frye and Dan Sheldon, the two discussed B-Roy’s legacy.

Frye raises the question: “How do you tell the history of the Blazers without Brandon Roy?”

“Injuries aside, that guy was one of the best players," Frye said on the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast. “I’ve played with Hall of Fame guys, and his injury out of all the injuries I’ve seen in the NBA, cut one of the best careers short. That guy was a constant professional, he knew basketball, he was a great teammate, and great leader, and he was a winner. When it came down to winning time, he wanted the ball and he knew how to score and he knew how to make plays.”

There’s no doubt that both Frye and Roy are two fan-favorites in Rip City in different ways.

But for Frye, he had a lot of praise for how B-Roy fought through pain. 

“I seen him in a game where he drained his knee,” Frye said. “It was disgusting how much stuff came out of his knee. And he went and gave Phoenix 52 points. At that point, I knew he was the real deal Holyfield.”

If a player is ‘the real deal Holyfield’ it would be hard to believe his jersey number would not get retired.

Listen to the full Talkin' Blazers podcast below:

Talkin' Blazers with Channing Frye: Ranking the nightlife on the current road trip

Talkin' Blazers with Channing Frye: Ranking the nightlife on the current road trip

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be on the road in the NBA? Numerous days on airplanes, numerous nights in hotels, all the best food from around the country, and more!

Sure, it can be exhausting, but it’s not without its moments of relaxation and fun.

In the latest edition of the Talkin’ Blazers Podcast, Channing Frye ranks the nightlife on the Blazers' current six-game road trip.

San Antonio. Houston. New Orleans. Milwaukee. Cleveland. Chicago. Who wins this race?

Which city ranks as a negative on a scale of 1 to 10?

Which city is middle of the road, but easy to get in trouble in?

Which city ramps up the “creepy” factor?

We won’t spoil it, but you can take a listen for yourself in the latest episode of Talkin’ Blazers with Channing Frye. The discussion starts around the 19 minute mark. 

But don’t forget, Utah nightlife is undefeated. Nothing beats Salt Lake City on the road.

Talkin’ Blazers Podcast: Should Carmelo Anthony start for Portland?

Talkin’ Blazers Podcast: Should Carmelo Anthony start for Portland?

Buckle up, ladies and gentlemen!

Former Trail Blazer and NBA Champ Channing Frye has some opinions about Carmelo Anthony reportedly set to join the Blazers.  

The Talkin’ Blazers Podcast duo of Frye and Dan Sheldon discussed freeing Melo and so much more on this week’s podcast.

Frye shared his thoughts on the Trail Blazers starting lineup and how the rotations should work once Anthony suits up for Portland:

 "I would start Nassir Little. Because I don't want Carmelo out there in the first unit because there's not enough shots for him to be productive... He's a stand still shooter... And defensively, he's not guarding four men in this league anymore. His biggest threat is his offensive firepower."

Not only could the second unit use Anthony’s shot making ability, but Blazers head coach Terry Stotts expressed after Little made his debut on Wednesday night vs. the Raptors that he “felt like it was worth taking a look at” Little in the starting lineup. And Stotts believes "it is easier for a young guy to be out there with the starters and blend in."

Melo doesn’t need to blend in. In fact, he’d probably prefer leading the second unit and feeling like he has the ultimate green light to get more shots up because the Blazer bench has struggled to be productive on the offensive end thus far this season.

You can listen to the full podcast below:

Talkin' Blazers Podcast: Is Carmelo Anthony the difference-maker for Portland?

Talkin' Blazers Podcast: Is Carmelo Anthony the difference-maker for Portland?

It's Frye Day which means the latest Talkin' Blazers Podcast is here!

Big week for the Portland Trail Blazers (4-8) as the organization plans to sign former All-Star Carmelo Anthony.

NBA Champion Channing Frye and his Emmy Award-winning co-host Dan Sheldon discuss the Trail Blazers' signing of Anthony and what to expect when he takes the court. Plus, find out if Channing and Dan think Anfernee Simons a legit contender for "most improved player" and the best NBA cities for entertainment options.

Listen to the full podcast below:

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Tom Haberstroh thinks the Blazers need work on screens, Channing Frye isn't sure Whiteside is the right guy

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Tom Haberstroh thinks the Blazers need work on screens, Channing Frye isn't sure Whiteside is the right guy

In his latest podcast, Tom Haberstroh says the Trail Blazers need work on setting on-ball screens in their offense and asks special guest, and Talkin' Blazers podcast host, Channing Frye to walk him through setting a good screen as a big man.

Here is Frye's response, which turns the conversation to Hassan Whiteside's roll on the offensive end:

"I think it's all about angles. For me, I was more of a pick and pop guy but when I did roll you have to make the defender on the guard go over the top of that screen to create space. Me personally, I just think Whiteside…I think he can give you a double-double every game, in that being said, I don’t think he impacts the game as much as he should if he had more of a motor… I just don’t know if those double-doubles equate to wins..."

Frye continues his thoughts on Whiteside and asks some important questions about his effort and productivity:

Is he going to have energy on defense? Or is he just going to be big?... Does he set a screen or is he just rolling a little bit? Is he rolling hard to get the ball even though he knows he’s not going to get it? Is he creating opportunities for his teammates? Or is he just doing it because that’s the play?

Trail Blazer fans cannot overlook the importance of Whiteside's play this season, especially with the recent loss of Zach Collins. Whiteside was clearly brought in to buy time until Jusuf Nurkic returns at some to be determined point in 2020. In the interim, Whiteside needs to contribute at both ends and needs to be a threat offensively (via ball screens or otherwise) as teams try to take Damian Lillard out of the offense, much like Toronto did on Wednseday night. 

You can listen to the entire Habershow Podcast below where they talk about a variety of topics including load management, Frye's NBA career, the best shooters he played with, the Blazers pick and roll and more: