Baldwin artist paints a one-of-a-kind portrait of Knicks legend Walt “Clyde” Frazier

A Long Island-based artist named “Poor Rupert” was commissioned to create a painting of legendary Knicks player and broadcaster Walt “Clyde” Frazier.

Poor Rupert, also known as “Chris”, was selected by the Knicks and MSG Networks in September to honor Frazier after becoming the first player to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and broadcaster.

Frazier won two NBA titles with the Knicks in 1970 and 1973. He was a seven-time NBA All-Star and scored 15,581 points, 4,830 rebounds and 5,040 assists during a 13-year career. He began his broadcasting career in 1987, joining MSG Networks as a radio announcer. His television career started with the same network in the year 1992.

Frazier quickly became one of the most popular announcers in the NBA for his flashy suits and catchy catchphrases.

A Baldwin native, Chris said he did his best to try and capture Fraser’s signature style and personality.

“I created this piece to celebrate Clyde’s second Hall of Fame honor and is an ode to his bold style and charisma,” said Chris, a big Knicks fan. “I am so honored to be able to be such a small part of this amazing journey for Clyde.”

The painting is 4 by 5 ft acrylic with spray paint on birch wood board. there he is:

Long Island artist “Chris” aka “Poor Robert” with his original painting of Walt “Clyde” Frazier (Courtesy)

Chris is well known as an artist in the area – his work can be found all over New York City and Long Island. He specializes as a fine art painter, muralist and graffiti artist.

The Knicks, MSG Networks, Frazier and Chris have teamed up to sell a limited edition replica of Frazier’s painting to help raise money for charity.

The collection sells 110 24″ x 36″ replicas, signed by both Frazier and Chris, through the websites Handbid.com and Charitybuzz.com. The money raised through the sale of these paintings will be divided between the Garden of Dreams Foundation and the Walt Frazier Youth Foundation.

A release on the plates indicates that 105 prints will be sold on Handbid.com at $1,000 each, and five selected figures will be auctioned on Charitybuzz.com.

Deadline to buy replicas is set tonight at 11 p.m. Click these links to buy: Handbid.com and Charitybuzz.com.

Top: Long Island artist Chris “Poor Robert” shows his original painting of Walt “Clyde” Frazier to a crowd at Madison Square Garden. (image courtesy)

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