Channing Frye surprises in 1st Suns camp practice
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By Paul Coro
Tue Oct 1, 2013 4:10 PM
FLAGSTAFF — After nearly 18 months away from a basketball practice, it figured that Channing Frye would need to ease himself back into the fold.
That will be true when the Suns’ practice scrimmage time starts Tuesday evening but Frye opened camp Tuesday morning like every other player in most ways and better than other players in another. Frye went through the entire first camp session, a non-contact practice at Northern Arizona. After the practice was over, Suns shooters took 200 3-pointers in 20-shot blocks around the arc at NAU’s Rolle Activity Center. Frye made 152, a total only topped by guard Shannon Brown’s 153.
Some things don’t change for Frye. His shooting stroke and touch is still good and it is clear that Frye has been working out on his own to be more prepared for camp than was expected.
“There are things that I know I can’t do yet, that I don’t know if I’ll be very comfortable with,” Frye said. “I don’t know if I’ll do a lot of the five-on-five stuff. What I want to do is if guys have time, maybe start with three-on-three drills and work my way up to four-on-four and five-on-five. The five-on-O (zero) stuff, I think I can do that. For me, it’s building strength and endurance. I’ve got to get my conditioning up. I’m not awful but I’m not good.”
Frye was dripping in sweat after the workout but that is a normal function for Frye, who is known to change jerseys during practices and games.
“I’m kind of mad that I missed two or three shots but it’s legs,” Frye said. “The speed is a little bit faster than what I thought it was but I’ll get there. I’m very excited to play with these guys. I love our offense. It’s tailored to the guys we have. Everyone we have here is extremely athletic, extremely fast. I just want to help guys however I can.”
Frye said the coaching and medical staffs have left it up to him to decipher how much he wants to push himself at camp. It was not expected that he would participate fully in the first practice, which was an even mix of teaching a new system and conditioning.
“The biggest thing now is the physicality,” Frye said. “I can work out for days. It’s just a matter of me getting to use to the physicality. It’s tiring. It will be a little bit at a time and be a progression.”
Frye made 76 percent of his 3-pointers at the end of a workout while winded and moving but still did not feel like his mechanics were as strong as he wants them to be.
“I am just getting my muscle memory back,” Frye said. “It’s going to be exciting. Today was an iffy day. I’m a little hard on myself but I think overall I did pretty dang good. I was a little bouncier than I thought I’d be. Maybe it was the altitude. I missed some shots and made some mistakes I shouldn’t have made but it’s all good other than that, I’m not feeling too bad. At the same time, I haven’t done anything that’s game speed. I have to continue to grow but I’m pretty excited about where it’s going.”