Channing Frye missed the entire 2012-13 NBA season after being diagnosed with an enlarged heart condition and there were some concerns that his career as a professional basketball player could be over. However, it appears that Frye has been given the green light to return to the court and he will try to make a comeback this season.
During a recent podcast appearance, Frye let everyone in on the scoop that he has received medical clearance to return to the sport.
“I’ve been cleared by the numerous doctors I’ve seen,” Frye said on on Tuesday for this week’s podcast. “This whole process has been extremely detail-oriented on both sides – from my side and the Suns side. We both want to do what’s best. I went across country to see the best doctors I could all to make sure they all agreed that I was healthy, that I could do this.
“Right now I’m excited, but still patient in giving the Suns the information and letting their people go through it. As far as I’m concerned, I’m 100% healthy for any professional athlete. Right now I think it’s just, let [the Suns] assess the information and go from there.” …
“I saw [the doctors] earlier this summer and they said ‘you’re good’, and that I could start to exercise,” Frye recalls. “Saw them a couple months later and ‘You’re better than what you were’. Not only one doctor, but three other ones, maybe four other ones agree with me.
“Now its in the Suns hands.”
The most interesting thing to see will be whether or not Frye can get in to shape.
He has been unable to do strenuous cardio and that will leave his conditional less than ideal for teams that would be looking to add his services. However, there is still a shot that the Phoenix Suns could bring Frye back if he continues to check out well and is committed to the work it will take to get back to the level of play he is used to.