If you ask the Cleveland Cavaliers who have been the team’s unsung heroes during their championship window the last four years, you’re bound to hear only a pair of names. The first is arguably swingman Richard Jefferson who is now with the Denver Nuggets, but the second (and has a compelling case for first actually) is the Los Angeles Lakers’ Channing Frye – not the biggest names in basketball especially at their age, but both were instrumental in their title win in 2016.
The 6-foot-11 forward has carved a reputation among the Cavaliers as an easy going joker and deadly stretch big (with blistering averages of 56% and 51% on the 2016 and 2017 playoffs respectively) – until his departure via trade along with disappointing marquee acquisition Isaiah Thomas for the Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.
When asked by a fan on Twitter if he expects to get a ring in the event the Cavaliers win the 2018 NBA championship, Frye responded with a profanely simple tweet.
Fuck no lol https://t.co/wroiSdNM2B
— Channing Frye (@channingfrye) May 4, 2018
For what it is worth, an exiled team member is eligible for a championship ring via a team vote – and Frye is unquestionably a possible recipient, if indeed the Cavaliers pull it off. Of note, former center Anderson Varejao (whom Frye was acquired for) was also offered a ring after the Cavaliers defeated his Golden State Warriors, which he refused.
LeBron James and the Cavaliers are currently holding a 2-0 series lead over the Toronto Raptors after an up and down regular season and a grueling first round that saw them getting by the skin of their teeth against the upstart Indiana Pacers.