Pumping iron? Clyde?

by Al Pastor


It’s true. And Walt Frazier always chooses his words carefully. On the theme of “Undergoing Adversity,” the title of the second chapter of The Game Within the Game (Hyperion, 2006), Clyde dishes:

My college coach, Jack Hartman, made me play only defense for a full year in practice when I became academically ineligible for my junior year at Southern Illinois. Embarrassed, I thought at first about arguing with Coach Hartman over what I felt was a tremendous slight. But instead I started lifting weights and working so hard on my defense that my teammates hated to see match up against them in practice. That was the turning point of my life on and off the court.

Michael Sulvane