Cleveland Cavaliers veteran forward Channing Frye said the rest his team has gotten while waiting on the winner of the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards series has been beneficial for their bodies, but also productive in gearing up for the remainder of their playoff run.
“I think it’s huge. Number one, we have the oldest team in the NBA,” Frye said Friday on The Jim Rome Show about his team’s time off. “I think for us mentally getting a chance to decompress to really focus on the little things, and so each series, regardless of how many games its takes for us to win we learn something from each round, and each team doing something different. So we get to work on that, not only as a team, but as individuals to see what other teams might do, and it’s preparing us for the next round.
“We’re just watching a lot of great series going on. So we’ve just been enjoying this time, not so much relaxing, but resting, active rest.”
Having played in the NBA since the 2005-06 season, the 33-year-old said Cleveland’s organization is as good as he’s been around, “Well the culture is absolutely amazing, and I’ve never been on anything [like it], and it’s actually continued to surprise me with how consistent it is.”
Frye said their Game 3 first round matchup against the Indiana Pacers was a perfect example of the team’s egoless attitude when they trailed by 26 points and two of their big three, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, were on the bench while they rallied to win the game.
“Shump (Iman Shumpert), Deron (Williams), LeBron, myself, and Kyle Korver in the game, and you look, you got two All-Stars sitting on the bench and everybody was extremely excited,” Frye said. “Nobody complains about minutes, everybody here is one thing, and that’s just winning and playing ball the right way and we know, if we play it the right way, and we play it with passion for each other, we’re pretty dang good.”