Frye was a former 7th pick by the New York Knicks. Frye didn't have a very successful career to start his journey in the NBA. He became a role player for the Knicks, Blazers, and the Suns before his injury.
During the summer of 2012, Frye was screened at a regular team physical screening and learned he had an enlarged heart via dilated cardiomyopathy, forcing him to sit out the entire 2012–13 season.
Many NBA analyst and doctors thought that Frye's career is over. Frye during his rest took some yoga workout and golf.
"They told me, 'No human being is 100% healthy. The highest we give is a 98%. You are a 98%,' " Frye said. "They said, 'We see this all the time.' I don't have any fear. I'm not scared to push myself and run and play and get my heart rate up. I'm just waiting on the paperwork. I'm healthy. It's out of my hands. It's up to the Suns and what they feel comfortable doing."
He came back successfully during the 2013-2014 NBA season with the Phoenix Suns. He started the whole 82 games in that season and averaged 11.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.2 assists. He was a key factor for the 48-34 Suns. They didn't play in the NBA Playoffs, but Channing Frye proved that he can play, like Jeff Green whostayed in the game after heart surgery in December 2011.
Channing Frye, after the great season in the Suns, opted out his contract and decided to team up with his cousin Tobias Harris at Orlando. He didn't have a huge success in the Magic but that's there he found his shooting stroke. He shot the ball 39% in the three-point territory.
He got traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Jared Cunningham and a second round draft pick. Frye's value to the team is really shown in his current stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers. His ability to stretch the floor and a scoring off the bench really helps the team to be a legit NBA title contenders. Frye was very valuable for the Cavaliers in this year's playoffs. Frye had a 27 point game from the bench against the Atlanta Hawks during in the Game 3 of their series.
For me to be out there, I just have to be a threat – that’s the biggest thing.
If I can get you to play me from seven feet to four feet, with all the other weapons we have on this team! I’ve done my job.
Somebody might say: ‘Well, you’re not scoring much.’ But I’ll say I’ve done my job. If I get off two three-pointers in a quarter, then one of their guys is getting taken out of the game.
I know my role. It’s not the biggest role, but it’s a role that’s gonna help us win.
He isn't a superstar quality player but his veteran leadership skills are very important to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is a good model for NBA players that have the same injury.
Frye worked very hard and he is now enjoying with Cleveland Cavaliers. His willingness and dedication to play will motivate young upcoming players and he deserves a NBA title in his career.