"Frazier always said, ‘In the regular season, you make your name, but the in the playoffs you make your fame,’” said New York City-born basketball player Kenny Smith in May 1994. Walt “Clyde” Frazier played basketball for the New York Knicks, winning two NBA titles. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987.
Frazier’s comment means that the regular season can show that a basketball player is good, but success in the playoffs is needed for that player to prove he’s great (and Hall of Fame material). Although the saying is usually attributed to Walt Frazier, documentary evidence before 1994 is needed.
Wikipedia: Walt Frazier
Walter “Clyde” Frazier (born March 29, 1945, in Atlanta, Georgia) is a retired American basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was blessed with a unique combination of court vision, quickness, and size (he stands 6’4") for a guard. As their floor general, he led the New York Knicks to the franchise’s only two NBA Championships (1970 & 1973), and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987. Upon his retirement from basketball, Frazier went into broadcasting; he is currently a color commentator for telecasts of Knicks games on the MSG Network.
Google News Archive
31 May 1994, The Day (New London, CT), “Rockets No Longer Solo Act” by Jay Privman (N.Y. Times News Service), pg. D6, col. 1:
“Frazier always said, ‘In the regular season, you make your name, but the in the playoffs you make your fame,’” Smith said.
(Basketball player Kenny Smith—ed.)
28 June 1994, Altoona (PA) Mirror, “Playoffs put many players to shame,"pg. D2, col. 2:
Walt Frazier, the great guard of two Knick championship teams, once put the eight-month NBA tour in perspective. He said that, in the regular season, you make your name.
“But in the playoffs,” said Clyde, “you make your fame.”
10-09-2001, 12:44 AM
As Kenny Smith of the Rockets once said, “The season is where you make your name, the PLAYOFFS is where you make your fame.”
30 April 2005, Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO), “Being home nice, but no guarantee” by Sam Adams,
“Walt Frazier used to say, the regular season is where you make your name. In the playoffs, you make your fame,” Smith said, referring to the Hall of Fame guard.
21 April 2006, Richmond County Daily Journal (Rockingham, NC), “Time for big boys to battle” by Corey Davis:
Borrowing a quote from Knick legend and broadcaster Walt “Clyde” Frazier who said “the regular season is where you make your name and the playoffs is where you make your fame.”
04-15-2009, 10:34 AM
“You make your name in the regular season, and your fame in the post season.” - Clyde Frazier
Inside the Game
“In the regular season you make your name….but in the play-offs you make your fame”! -The Big O
FEBRUARY 17, 2010
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Quote of the Week - Walt Frazier
“The regular season is where you make your name but the postseason is where you make your fame.”
- Walt Frazier
The Times and Democrat (Orangeburg, SC)
Ex-Bulldogs fighting to stay at pro level
August 13, 2012 6:00 am • By THOMAS GRANT JR., T&D Senior Sports Writer
There’s an old sports adage that says the regular season is where you make your name, but it’s the playoffs where you make your fame.
Its a good quote. I think that the basketball enthusiast would like this. Its a simple quote but it means a lot. Would probably direct your life even.