Channing Frye’s heart diagnosis that the Phoenix Suns announced on Thursday came as a big surprise to the forward. In a video from the Suns’ press conference on Friday morning, Frye came across as positive and humbled despite learning about his expanded heart.
“It’s extremely humbling that people want to pray for you and just wish you the best. For me, that has been how much of an impact we have as NBA players, ”Frye said at the press conference.
“The support group I’ve had from the Suns, my family, former coaches, old players… like ‘Channing, you’ll be fine no matter what.’ I think it really made me even more excited to come back. Every player doesn’t want to think about the end, but at the same time if you can kind of get a glimpse of that and people say, “Channing, everything will be fine anyway, “it makes me feel good, but it also makes me feel, I’m not done yet.
While the Suns and team cardiologist Dr Tim Byrne have said there will and should not be a timeline for Frye’s return – Lon Babby reiterated the position that the team will reassess the situation in December – they all remained optimistic about a number of issues, including Frye’s potential to return to court. Only time will tell if it’s this year or not.
“This is my reality, and I just have to face it and stay positive,” Frye said.
From the video on Suns.com, I pulled the most informative quotes to answer all of the major questions about Frye’s condition, how he was discovered, and what the future holds.
Is Frye definitely out this season?
Babby, Frye, and Dr Byrne won’t say yes or no. Frye’s health is the main concern here, so there is no conclusion to be drawn. If and when his heart shows signs of complete normalcy, he may return.
“I want to be optimistic,” Frye said. “After four months, five months… the road to recovery is basically re-educating my shoulder, walking, doing yoga, Pilates, and playing golf a lot. For me, it’s just relaxing and really not raising my heart rate too high.
“It would be irresponsible of me to push something like this… until I get full clearance,” Frye added.
Dr Byrne said the enlarged heart may go away quickly or take a while. It depends on the individual case, another reason why a timeline is not set towards a return.
What has to be going on for Frye to be allowed?
The answer to this question is simple. Frye won’t play until he’s 100 percent. Being cleared by the team means he’ll be able to jump into the fray completely, so he needs to be able to play at the highest level before he’s allowed to return. With such a serious health problem, it’s all or nothing.
How was the heart problem detected?
Babby and Dr Byrne credited NBA league politics with catching Frye’s heart problem. They both described him as “very strict”. Cardiac hypertrophy was detected by a required preseason echocardiogram.
Frye joked that he feared the test because he had been forced to run on a treadmill beforehand, which is not easy for a man as tall as Channing. When Byrne told him about the problem, Frye said he thought it was a mistake given he had no signs of illness leading to the routine checkup.
What exactly is the cause of Frye’s dilated cardiomyopathy?
Dr Byrne said: “We still don’t really know. (The most likely cause of (Frye) is a virus and often these get better and better. So yes, there is a very real chance that he could regain normal function and a normal lifestyle. .
“Luck is better than not.”
Dr Byrne added that there was little chance that genetics were involved in Frye’s case.
When did the problem occur?
The test was administered about two weeks ago, Frye and Babby said. Frye kept it a secret and sought the advice of many doctors. His visit to Minnesota this week found what most others had, giving Frye confidence that he had a good grasp of the diagnosis.
Byrne said the problem was caught early on, making him optimistic about the prognosis.
How will Frye be involved in the team?
During the offseason, Frye said he trains twice a day and has been extremely motivated by the pressure placed on him as one of the few returning Suns veterans. Now that he’s out, he’s spoken of deep involvement in the team again.
Frye will use this weekend to let the situation sink in before letting the team know how involved he will be.
“Me, I like to be involved, I like to be part of the guys, but at the same time, I understand that I have to let them have their own chemistry,” Frye said. “I see this as a rare opportunity to be with my family… see how everything is going behind the scenes (in the organization).”