Channing not cooking, but Frye-d

Posted by Fran Blinebury

PHOENIX – Right now, Channing Frye wants the world to ignore the elephant standing in the room.  Just pass the peanuts, please.

Never mind that Frye is now 1-for-20 in three games against the Lakers, that he’s missed 17 consecutive shots.

“I think you guys make a bigger deal out of it than I do,” said an angry Frye following Monday’s practice.  “Shots just aren’t going in.  All of them are good shots.  I’m shooting the same way and it’s just not going in.  It’s all basketball.  Sometimes you may hit it the same and the ball just doesn’t go in the hoop.

“It’s not a story to write about.  It’s kind of frustrating that we win a game and you guys talk about something negative again.  For us, for me personally, I just need to continue focusing on what the team wants and just focusing on what’s really important and that’s playing defense again.”

Frye would not acknowledge what everyone inside US Airways Center and watching on TV saw – that he double-clutched and hesitated on his first open look at the basket in Game 3.

“J-Rich hit four in a row,” he said.  “So I come in off the bench and if somebody’s hit four in a row, aren’t you going to look for him?  Hey, so take that one.

“Now I’m getting upset because – I usually never get upset – but we played so hard and everybody left their heart out on the court and we’re just gonna talk about something little like this.  It just kinda amazes me.”

Frye can spin it any way he wants, but even for a guy who grew up in the Arizona desert, he’s feeling the heat.  There’s no getting around it when one of your team’s best shooting is connecting at a 5-percent clip.

“We put him in. We try,” said coach Alvin Gentry.  “Like I told him, when he’s got open shots, he’s got to shoot them.  It’s like a baseball player really.  You can’t talk a guy out of a slump. He’s got to be able to shoot himself or bat himself out of that.

“Channing works on it.  He comes in here and he stays around.  He’s worked on it.  We still stick him out there thinking that his first one and all of his shots are gonna go in.  We’ve got to continue to do that.

“He did (hesitate).  That’s what he’s got to get through.  We’ve got to try to put him in a position where the first one can be a post-up or something closer to the basket. I think it helps when the ball goes in.”

Gentry even ordered Frye to take a technical free throw.

“Just to have him shoot it and see the ball go through the basket might help,” Gentry said.

It’s at the point where Frye is now turning to look at his coach on the bench after each ensuing miss.

“I know,” Gentry said.  “I told him he’s just got to continue to play.  But I did make it a point to tell him that passing on an open shot hurts us as much as a bad shot.”

Elephant?  What elephant?  Frye vows to keep right on firing away.

“It’s just one of those things,” he said.  “It’s not going in.  It’s gonna go in tomorrow though, I’m gonna tell you that.”

20 Comments

  1. […] his strong overall performance this regular season (the playoffs were not so kind to him on the other hand), it was difficult to build a successful fantasy team around Frye this season […]

  2. Ed says:

    Everyone saw game 4, the Lakers were Fryed, hehe!
    In game five, the Lakers will be Dudleyed (doodled) and in game 6, Dragic (tragic, because the Lakers will be eliminated)

  3. Ramir says:

    Channing made his first trey and it didnt stop there in game 4. Now that his confidence level is back, fakers should better watch out now that Channing is on frye (fire)! Plus the ever effective combination of steve and amare. The ever reliable hill and richardson and the Suns bench…. go Suns

  4. […] – Steve Nash‘s nose, Channing Frye‘s bad aim, Andrew Bynum‘s bum knee and the Lakers’ lost mojo have been the talk of the Western Conference […]

  5. KOKIO says:

    frye will be on FIRE today. GO SUNS

  6. ayongbagsek says:

    frenchfries?

  7. TRUEPHXFAN says:

    FRYE will come thru, and when he does, LA has a bigger problem!

  8. Tim Lekas says:

    Problem is- the more people ask Frye about it, the more likely he is to continue missing.

  9. Meoff, Jack says:

    phoenix in 6. The lakers deserve to lose after being handed every single quality player for skittles. While other teams suffer.

  10. Corey says:

    Channing Frye is complete trash. There is no other way to say it.

    • STAT posterized LAL says:

      complete trash?
      just what happened in today’s game huh!
      go channing frye!

  11. dave says:

    im surprised grant hill hasn’t taken frye to get one of those acupuncture treatments he raves about

  12. anil ergunay says:

    frye is the best basketball player right now, he is gonna be the next years mvp

  13. Hazestar_New Zealand says:

    If Frye can get hot and i mean on the court… The game will get real interesting. But Goran and Dudley need to be the spark off the bench and take advantage of the missmatch that is Shannon Brown and Jordan Farmer cause i truly believe that Goran and Dudley are better than Farmer and Brown.. By a mile mate… Barbosa needs to pay dividends aswell. The SUNS bench needs to explode and the Suns coaching staff needs to relay that to him. They are considered the best bench this year but have showed little against the Lakers, The fight amongst the lakers bench and the suns bench will split this series wide open in the suns direction.. Thats if the suns bench can get hot,!!!

  14. Vince Sylum says:

    Honestly, Frye isn’t really to blame… Lamar is playing good D in the series…. but, if frye doesn’t go out and perform better in the next couple of games, the Suns won’t have a repeat of Game 3.

  15. Jesse24 says:

    Good luck is all I can say. lol…Channing Fryed himself making that stupid statement!! No disrespect, but now he will be playing to get out of his slump rather than playing with the right mind frame. Some advice…Channing keep your cool, the worst has yet to come.

  16. Matthew says:

    frye will fry the Lakers

  17. Joe says:

    His shots are going to fall eventually in this series. When they do, he is going to be on FIRE!

  18. Philip Nuanes says:

    I was even surprised to see Frye shoot so poorly at home. Guaranteed though, once he makes a couple outside jumpers, he’ll get back into a rhythm.