Perth Wildcats import Michael Frazier II has promised to be the team’s energiser for the upcoming NBL season and declared he will never forget how lucky he is to still be playing after a career threatening injury in 2017.
Frazier has barely had time to settle into life in Australia with two weeks of hotel quarantine immediately followed by a photo shoot, his first practice session and then the Wildcats’ Fan Day.
His energy has been obvious and Frazier said Wildcats fans would notice his desperation to make every moment count.
“I play with a lot of energy,” Frazier said.
“I think they’ll definitely enjoy watching me play and the passion that I play with. I love this game and i’s given me so much. I’m happy to be here. I want to win at the highest level ad this is the chance to do it.
“I always like to play every game like it’s my last because I know it can be taken away at any second.”
Frazier’s career hit a defining moment when he badly tore his quad while attempting a slam dunk during a game in Germany in 2017.
At 23-years-old, he’d already represented USA at under 19 level, spent time with the LA Lakers and gradually built his career in the NBA G-League.
But the injury was so bad that it impacted on his other leg muscles and doctors feared me may never play again.
“The quad should have probably ended me according to some doctors,” Frazier explained.
“I’ve had to fight through a lot of adversity. I’ll keep fighting. I never give up. I had a great support system the entire time and my family had my back and always believed in me.
“They gave me the extra push when I needed it.”
Frazier fought back to not only return to the game but to make his NBA debut for the Houston Rockets. Then came another injury, with a broken arm sidelining him in 2020.
But a fit Frazier will be a key part of the Wildcats’ championship hopes with his athleticism and skill set to give them enormous potency when the season starts in December.