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Walt 'Clyde' Frazier 'fliest man alive,' website creator says


Walt "Clyde" Frazier before a Knicks game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Madison Square Garden on Monday, January 19, 2015. Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Shaun Bensol, 33, is too young to recall Walt Frazier as a player, but as a Knicks season ticket holder since 2006 he has had an in-person view of the MSG analyst's famously colorful wardrobe.

"My friend Adam and I used to marvel at Clyde's suits and we'd say to each other, 'Clyde is so fly; he's the fliest man alive,'" said Bensol, who grew up in Bellmore and now lives in Manhattan.

So before last season, he decided to turn his admiration into a hobby, creating a site called on which he posts pictures of Frazier's outfits as seen on MSG before every game, then analyzes and grades them.

The site also has outposts on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and Facebook.

Bensol knew before this week that Frazier was aware of the site, because Frazier follows it on Instagram. What he did not know until reading an article Wednesday is that Frazier checks the site's archives to make sure he does not repeat himself too often - and to analyze how previous color combinations looked.

"I'm glad he takes my input," said Bensol, who works in finance.

Bensol said his wife, Tara, helps him grade the outfits, but he certainly qualifies as an expert in his own right.

What is his all-time favorite? It used to be Frazier's first cow-patterned suit, but more recently he unveiled a red-hued cow suit that Bensol said "topped" the original.

Late Wednesday afternoon, Bensol said he also favored something "that didn't get a lot of press," which he called the "matrix suit." He even knew off the top of his head that Frazier wore it Dec. 7 against the Trail Blazers.

"It was just a black suit with sort of a green pattern," Bensol said.

Then, lo and behold, two hours later there was Frazier standing on the court in Indiana wearing that very suit.

"The 'Matrix Suit' is back!" Bensol posted on Twitter. "This is one of my favorite suits and even though it's a complete repeat, I can't deduct any points."

Bensol, a Syracuse alum who was at the school when Carmelo Anthony led the Orange to an NCAA championship, said he has not attempted to approach Frazier in person at a game to reveal himself.

"I purposely keep my distance," he said. "I want to be able criticize things if I don't like a suit."

Bensol recalled giving Frazier an "F" for a plain black suit last season, but mostly he believes Frazier can "do no wrong" sartorially.

"He's a fashion icon," Bensol said. "He wears things better than anything I could ever wear."


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