During road trips, we'll periodically check in with Trail Blazers forward Channing Frye to get his impressions of each NBA city. This installment focuses on Orlando, Miami, New Orleans and Minneapolis, the four stops on the current road trip.
"Orlando is kind of tough. You would think Orlando would be a great place to go out and enjoy, but it’s really more touristy than I thought. I think Orlando is a great place; it’s just really quiet, a lot more quiet than I would have thought. It’s nice, just real touristy. It’s all based around Disney World. It’s nice, but not one of my favorites.
"I went to Disney World once when I was a kid. It was amazing. So for that I think (Orlando) is great. But to just come in and stop it’s not one of the cities where you’re like, ‘Oh great, we’re going to Orlando!' It’s pretty boring."
On an off night in Orlando you should ... "Go to the movies"
"I mean, what are you going to say? I think Miami is right up there with New York and L.A. Everybody always talks about the women in Miami, but I think everybody there has a certain attitude to them, a sense of pride.
"It’s a beautiful city. The food is great. The atmosphere is great. The weather is awesome. It’s a little dirty and there’s a lot of construction at times, but if you’re a single guy or a single girl, that’s the spot to be I guess.
"Anywhere you go is a hot spot. South Beach is definitely a hot spot. I went to this sushi joint that was some of the best sushi and lobster I’ve ever had in my life. I’m a big sushi guy."
On an off night in Miami you should ... "Go to South Beach. You’d be stupid not to, not only because of the food but the ambiance and just beautiful people everywhere."
"New Orleans is a weird place. It’s real southern. It just looks like – I’m trying to say this in the nicest way possible – everybody looks weathered, like they’ve been through a lot and they are just now starting to come back. You know what I’m saying? Like they took too long of a nap.
"But the food out here is ridiculous. The people are extremely nice. We don’t get to go out that much due to security reasons, but I think other than that, you definitely get that southern feel here. It smells a little weird too."
On an off night in New Orleans you should ... "Go to a restaurant. You definatly got to go to somewhere nice and really taste the Creole food."
"I don’t mind Minneapolis actually other than it is so cold that it hurts your face. The hotel we stay at is top of the line. Again, I would say the people there are very nice. The crowds at the games aren’t exactly the best.
"I went out once or twice in my four years in Minneapolis and it’s not too bad. The people don’t really bother you. They more or less want to go and get hammered and you just want to chill and watch them get hammered. It’s not too bad. I don’t mind Minneapolis because the hotel is awesome and it’s right next to the mall so you can go to the movies."
On an off night in Minneapolis you should ... "Go to the movies again. The mall is right there and there’s nothing else really spectacular other than that. Hopefully there’s a good movie out."