PHOENIX He arrives early on game nights, usually finishing a modest shooting routine before the early fans enter US Airways Center two hours before the opening tip.
This is the time reserved for main-court work by the Phoenix Suns out-of-the-rotation players, with the others chugging through several grueling drills while he waits for an opportunity to squeeze in a few jumpers.
Im kind of like car in the garage you havent gotten to yet that just needs to sit, Channing Frye said at the end of one of these sessions.
Right, the car thats been parked since the check-engine light went on during a routine stress test. At age 29, the Suns power forward was diagnosed with an enlarged heart caused by a rare virus.
So, as his teammates attempt to climb out of another early-season cavern, their 6-foot-11 floor-spacer waits in the wings, monitoring the ups and downs front the second row, wishing he could go out and occupy some help-side defenders.
Although his shooting range was incapable ...