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Suns’ Channing Frye out indefinitely with enlarged heart

Sep 20, 2012, 6:54 PM EDT

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Heart screening of NBA players is a regular part of their pre-training camp physicals. It is what found Jeff Green’s heart condition that needed surgery last season. A number of other NBA players such as Ronny Turiaf have faced the same thing.

Now Suns forward Channing Frye is out indefinitely with an enlarged heart, the team announced. It was discovered by team doctors, but he has gone to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to have this looked at, reports Paul Coro at the Arizona Republic.

The team says he will not “participate in basketball activities” with the Suns until December, when he will be re-evaluated. The official diagnosis is of a dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition that can be fatal and is usually treated with a drug regimen, according to the Mayo Clinic Web site.

Frye has been a starter with the Suns most of the past couple seasons, averaging 10.6 points and 5.9 rebounds a game last season. He’s a classic stretch four, a 6-foot-11 guy who is a career 39 percent shooter from three. That kind of play fit well with the drive-and-dish game of Steve Nash. While things were going to be different in Phoenix this year, they were looking for him to provide points.

While this is sad for the Suns, Frye is a husband and a father of two, so better to catch this than have it go undetected and for things to end poorly. We wish him the best in his recovery and look forward to seeing him back out on the court as soon as he can.

  1. coopey33 - Sep 20, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Indefinitely. I am willing to proof read for free. I am university educated and more than happy to do so as I love NBCSportstalk. My twitter account is @yourboycoop. Feel free to contact me to work something out. Thanks.

  2. phx1311 - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    wow, I hope he can play this season. When his shots get “juicy” as he likes to say its so much fun to watch.

    • namriverrat69 - Sep 21, 2012 at 11:18 PM

      I’ve been a Channing Frye fan since he was in high school, at U of A and now the Suns. He is a good team player. I don’t care how long he is out so long as he recovers his health and can maintain it. Calm and comforting thoughts go out to his family.

  3. delusionalcardsfan - Sep 21, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    Terrible to see for anyone; especially a hometown guy in every sense. The Suns are in full on rebuilding mode so it’s better for him to take the time and get healthy. Good luck buddy, 2013 will be here before you know it! That is unless the Mayans are right….

  4. szendhilkumar - Sep 21, 2012 at 3:48 AM

    Reblogged this on senthilmech77.

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