Want to Study on the Side? Just Listen to Clyde

By Nikita Dubnov

Aside from the excessive workload, trying extracurricular commitments, and stress brought about by the college process, most Tech students have to find time to study for standardized exams such as the SAT and ACT. Being able to attend a test prep course or just sitting down and studying on your own can be very challenging after a long day of classes.

Fortunately, there a ways to get ready for the exams that can be entertaining and do not include hours of study. A great study source is listening to basketball legend Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier, a member of the Knicks’ television broadcasting team.

Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier was drafted as the 5th overall pick in the 1967 NBA draft by the New York Knicks. Coming out of Southern Illinois University, the 6’4” combo-guard quickly gained recognition in the association as a speedy all-around player with excellent court-vision. In his ten year career with the Knicks, he led the team to two NBA championships and personally achieved seven All-Star Game appearances.

By the end of his illustrious thirteen year career, Frazier had racked up averages of 19 points per game (PPG) and 6 assists per game (APG). He was also inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987.

Now at 67 years of age, ‘Clyde’ Frazier can be found behind the announcer’s desk at New York Knicks games as the color commentator. He assists fellow play-by-play commentators Mike Breen and Spero Dedes by adding insightful stories of his playing career and suggestions to current players on the Knicks’ broadcast on MSG Networks.

Frazier has become a fan favorite with his smooth-talking attitude and imaginative suits, which sometimes feature cheetah and cow-print patterns. But more than anything, Frazier brings his masterful knowledge of the English language to his weekly broadcasts.

Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier’s has coined many rhyming phrases, such as “dishing and swishing”, “duping and hooping”, “posting and toasting”, “stopping and popping”, “winning and grinning”, “using and abusing”, “shaking and baking”, “hustling and bustling”, and “bounding and astounding.”

He regularly drops these sayings into his analysis of a player’s abilities or technique during broadcasts. Although it is surely entertaining to hear Frazier label players with these terms, it is his deep breadth of vocabulary that can help viewers of the broadcasts to expand their knowledge of the language. Frazier uses amazingly unique commentating abilities to brighten what else could be considered dull broadcasts with intriguing words such as neophyte and overzealous (more examples can be found in the ‘Clyde’ Frazier Vocab Challenge at the end of the article). It is in these instances where students that are studying lots of vocabulary can develop their knowledge for upcoming examinations.

As students in a school that is focused on math, science, and engineering, Tech students generally find it that the reading sections on the standardized tests are the hardest.

“Basing my opinion off of the feedback my friends gave me, they weren’t as prepared for the reading section as they as they would have liked to have been,” explained Levi Mirochnik ’13, who has taken the SAT exam twice.

He added that, many “kids struggle with the vocabulary section specifically because many of the words are new to an average reader.”

With a large population of Tech greatly interested in the sport of basketball, it would not be a bad idea to watch Knicks games as a method for picking up new vocabulary words; words that commonly appear on standardized examinations such as the SAT and ACT. So let ‘Clyde’ Frazier dish you an assist to your testing worries by picking up the remote and tuning to the Knicks.

Take the ‘Clyde’ Frazier Vocabulary Challenge
Can you define these following words that Frazier commonly uses during Knicks’ telecasts?
​adjacent, alluding, altruistic, aroused, auspicious, baffling, bedevil, beneficiary, blunder, continuity, diminutive, diligent, egregious, effervescent, impetus, lackadaisical, neophyte, omnipotence, omnipresent, overzealous, penchant, percolate, precocious, prodigious, prolific, prudent, quantum, rejuvenate, riveting, serendipity, stupor, tenacious, tumultuous, uncanny.

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