The University of Arizona Sapphire Award-winning striker Channing Frye has played professional basketball for six well-known teams since joining the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 2005. He has played with teams such as the Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Los Angeles Lakers. Frye, who transferred from the Cavaliers to the Los Angeles Lakers in February 2018, returned to the team on July 19, 2018.
His first stint with the Cavaliers gave him the opportunity to win an NBA championship in 2016. Other notable awards the baller carries under his belt include McDonald’s All-American, which he won in 2001, the Pac-10 All-Freshman team in 2002, and the first All-Pac-10 team twice in 2004 and 2005. Channing won the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2006. Here are some more, less known facts about the NBA player.
Channing Frye’s Biography
The popular basketball player was born in White Plains Stations New York on May 17, 1983, the son of Karen Mulzac-Frye and Thomas Fray. He attended St. Mary’s High School Phoenix, where he was named the country’s number 13 by Fast Break Recruiting Services and number 98 by Hoop Scoop. After graduating high school, the rising star continued his studies at the University of Arizona, where he played an important role on the Wildcats basketball team from 2001 to 2005. Channing was ranked eighth in the 2005 NBA draft by the New York Knicks.
Beyond basketball, the acclaimed baller has touched many lives through his humanitarian activities. In 2007 he founded the Channing Frye Foundation. The foundation, whose sole purpose is to guide youth in a healthy and positive direction, was replaced in 2010 by a second foundation that he founded together with his wife: The Frye family Foundation. The focus of The Frye Family Foundation was to give back to communities such as Arizona, Portland, and Oregon. Channing also sponsored a charity kickball tournament in Portland. His personal charisma and contribution to improving the lives of the less privileged made him so popular that he was named after a dish at his favorite Portland restaurant.
The talented basketball player has signed a number of contracts since his NBA draft in 2005. His first contract was signed in 2005 with his debut team, the New York Knicks. He later signed contracts with the Portland Trail Blazers, the Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Of particular note is the $3.8 million contracts with an option for the second year, which he signed with the Phoenix Suns on July 14, 2009. Channing did not accept the contract; instead, he signed a new five-year $30 million contract with the same team. Before his contract with the Suns expired, Channing pulled out when the Orlando Magic basketball team lured him in with a tempting $32 million four-year contract.
Wife, Mother-Father, and Family Facts
The parents of the talented basketball player, Karen Mulzac-Frye and Thomas Frye, are late. Frye’s mother died of cancer, but the cause of his father’s death is not publicly known. The NBA player has a cousin in the prestigious league named Tobias Harris. Channing’s maternal grandfather, John Mulzac, was an active member of the Tuskegee Airmen.
Deepening the relationship status of the famous basketball player; Frye is married to Lauren Lisoski. The NBA player met his wife on his first day in Portland just before the 2007-2008 NBA season. The couple, introduced by mutual friends, got along like a house on fire, and barely two years after their first meeting, they tied the wedding cord exactly on August 14, 2009. Their wedding took place in the Portland Garden Vineyards and was an unforgettable wedding. Word on the street was that the couple’s wedding was celebrated with an untraditional wedding cake, a so-called cupcake tree. As at the time of the wedding, Channing was already playing for another team, the Phoenix Suns, and the couple had to move.
Frye’s wife, Lauren, is originally from the small town of Tualatin, Oregon. She attended Tualatin High School and received her college education at the University of Oregon.
On October 4, 2010, they welcomed their first child, a boy named Hendrix. Their daughter Margaux was born with a visual impairment as a result of a cataract. The little girl was only able to see shadows and bright lights and had only a 20 percent chance of regaining full vision. After five operations she regained her vision before her second birthday.