Aside from the occasional hazards that come with the increased Daddy Duty, Frye is loving the new ways of his world. The married father of two learned in September that a virus in his heart was causing it to grow to a life-threatening size, and his career as a sharpshooting big man came to a scary halt as a result. He is "95 percent positive" that he'll be healthy enough to return for next season, yet still acknowledges that there's a slim chance he may never play again. For now, though, he follows the sort of doctor's orders that have his mental health - if not his physical - at an all-time high: Rest and relaxation, with a focus on being a more peaceful, healthier person en route to having a normal-sized heart.
"The first month I was going nuts," said Frye, who has a two-year-old son (Hendrix) and nine-month-old daughter (Margaux) with his wife, Lauren. "And the thing was, and not to get all mojo on you, but I really had to do a lot of meditating on the question of, 'Why? Why did (competing) make me happy and what else can I be competitive about that doesn't have to do with beating someone? How can I be more competitive with myself and be a better me?'
"(The experience) was really about, 'What's going to be my outlet after I'm done?'" Frye said while spoon-feeding the ever-talkative Margaux. "I think a lot of guys after they're done in the league get depressed or they start drinking or they do drugs and they spend money excessively and do a lot of things that aren't very productive. But for me, I can't drink, definitely can't do drugs - and that's not my thing anyway - and I can't spend money because I'm kind of cheap. It was like, 'What do I really love doing?'"
Frye, 29, spent the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons in Portland before signing with the Phoenix Suns.
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