Ex-Cavs veteran Channing Frye admits Kyrie Irving ‘tore the treads’ off his ankles when they played 1-on-1
In Channing Frye’s opinion, former Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has the nastiest handles in the NBA.
Frye made an appearance on TNT’s “NBA Twitter Live” on Wednesday, during which he recalled a time when he played Irving one-on-one in a scrimmage game. Frye told the panel Irving “tore the treads” off his ankles.
“I played him 1-on-1… He tore the treads off my ankles.” 😂
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Frye couldn’t shake off his astonishment at Irving. He and the panel dissected live coverage of Game 2 between Irving’s Boston Celtics and the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.
“Dude, I played him one-on-one when he was getting back. It was the most disgusting thing. Listen, he tore the treads off my ankles,” Frye said.
“He had me spun around like he was churning butter, man. And we were just playing on the elbow. That is unbelievable, what he sees.”
Frye isn’t alone in his assessment, though. Former Sacramento Kings point guard Jason Williams — who many touted as the second coming of Pistol Pete Maravich — tipped his hat off to Irving on his Instagram post last March.
Back in January, the NBA asked fans who has the best handles in its “Perfect Player” survey. An overwhelming 70 percent of the participants voted for Irving. Houston Rockets star James Harden (17 percent) and Phoenix Suns guard Jamal Crawford (13 percent) finished a distant second and third, respectively.
In the “Perfect Player” video, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant also said “Kyrie’s the best ball handler I’ve seen.”
Taking everything into consideration, it’s safe to say Kyrie Irving has the nastiest handles in the NBA today. For his part, the recently-retired Channing Frye has a bright future as an NBA studio analyst.