Walt Frazier Biography
Claim to Fame – Basketball Player
DOB: March 29, 1945
Diabetes Type: 2
Walt Frazier was born on March 29, 1945 in Atlanta, Georgia where he attended Howard High School, and played on both the football and basketball teams. It was here that he learned the game of basketball on the school's dirt playground facilities. After having a great career at Howard High School, Frazier was offered numerous football scholarships, but he turned them all down and ultimately decided to take a basketball scholarship to Southern Illinois University.
In 1964 and 1965 he was named a Division II All-American, and in the 1965 season he led his team to the NCAA Division II Tournament finals where they suffered defeat in an overtime battle against Evansville, 85-82. Frazier missed the 1966 season but bounced back the following year by leading his team to the National Invitation Tournament where they took first place and he was named the Tournament MVP.
In the NBA draft of 1967, Frazier was selected 5th by the New York Knicks. He made an immediate impact and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1968. During his career in New York, Frazier put together a nice resume; he was named to the All-NBA Second Team twice, the All-NBA First Team four times, the All-Defensive First Team seven times, and the NBA All-Star Team seven times. In 1970 and 1973 he won two NBA championships, and then in 1975 he was the MVP of the NBA All-Star Game.
Frazier played with the New York Knicks for the majority of his career, but finished up with the Cleveland Cavaliers from 1977-1980. He set franchise records with the Knicks for most games played, most points scored, assists, free throws attempted, free throws made, field goals made, and field goals attempted. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987.
Today Walt Frazier continues his successful battle with diabetes and is a commentator for telecasts of the New York Knicks games. He is also a spokesperson for "Just for Men" hair products.
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