Here's some great news for a Monday, as Suns forward Channing Frye has been cleared to rejoin the Suns in basketball activities after missing all of last season with an enlarged heart. Frye had said earlier this month doctors had cleared him.
Suns power forward Channing Frye announced Sunday that he has been cleared to join the team's training camp this week, a year and nine days after he disclosed that he would have to miss an entire season due to an enlarged heart.
Frye had received clearance to resume basketball work earlier this summer by doctors he sought at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore but had been waiting for the Suns to get further assurances from other doctors. The Suns entered the weekend hopeful of a positive outcome but the apparent final word did not come until Sunday.
“It's been a long journey getting healthy but I did it through the support of my friends and family and with my will to not give up,” Frye said on Sunday. “I'm very excited to be a part of this new young Suns team. I take pride in this uniform and can't wait to run out of the tunnel to the fans that have been supportive throughout this whole process.”
Frye tweeted on Sunday:
let me rephrase that. I'll be back next year playing for the Phx suns. I'm happy to be healthy and have a opportunity to keeping playing!— Channing Frye (@Channing_Frye) September 29, 2013
He later clarified that he meant Monday, as in Suns' media day and first day of practice.
Frye still has a long ways to go to get back on the court and in basketball shape, but it's a great sign for one of the players talked about as a truly good guy by teammates and fans. Frye averaged 11 points and six rebounds in 2012 for the Suns.