Cavaliers pay champ Channing Frye special tribute during final game in Cleveland before retirement

Cavaliers pay champ Channing Frye special tribute during final game in Cleveland before retirement

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Channing Frye stepped onto the Quicken Loans Arena hardwood for the last time as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Frye announced that he intends on retiring at the end of the 2018-19 season, and the Cavaliers played their final home game in Cleveland on Sunday against the San Antonio Spurs.

The 35-year-old averaged only eight minutes per game this season, but he played a much bigger role off the court. No. 9 served as mentor and a leader to the Cavs’ youth, and was the Cavaliers biggest cheerleader from the bench.

THANK YOU CHANNING!

A special gift for a special guy. ❤

Posted by Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, April 7, 2019

The Cavaliers made sure to give him plenty of attention during the last home game. Before the game, players wore a custom “Channing” shootaround jersey.

He was also honored with a sketch featuring two of his best friends from his days playing in Cleveland, former teammate Richard Jefferson and a Banana Republic version of Kevin Love. All three players were pivotal during the Cavaliers 2016 championship run.

Last night we came together to say #ThankYouChanning. From tipoff to final buzzer, love for the fan and team favorite...

Posted by Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, April 8, 2019

Frye was named a starter for Sunday’s game in place of Kevin Love. He even scored the first basket of the game.

Channing Strikes First

Naturally. 🍟 #ThankYouChanning

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When Love was sent in as a substitute, he rocked Frye’s college-era jersey from the University of Arizona before handing it back to his teammates.

Kevin Checks In Rocking Channing's Arizona Jersey!

You gotta love this jersey... Kevin Love checked in rocking Channing's throwback Arizona #45. #ThankYouChanning

Posted by Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, April 7, 2019

When Cavaliers coach Larry Drew pulled Frye from the game for the final time in the fourth quarter, he left to a standing ovation from the Cleveland fans and was met by a mob from the players at the bench.

New Clip

We love him. #ThankYouChanning

Posted by Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, April 7, 2019

“I wouldn’t want to retire anywhere else,” Frye said in a video to fans and teammates. “My heart is here in Cleveland, my championship here is Cleveland, so I just want to say thank you.”

We Love Channing!

"I wouldn't want to retire anywhere else. My heart is in Cleveland." #ThankYouChanning

Posted by Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, April 7, 2019

Frye played for six teams in his 13-year career. More than three of those years were spent with the Cavaliers.

Making history! 🍟 Channing Frye is the just the 36th player in NBA history to record 4K+ rebounds and 1K+ threes. #BeTheFight

Posted by Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, April 7, 2019

The Cavaliers play their final game on Tuesday in Charlotte.

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