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Entry from May 09, 2012
“Posting and toasting” (basketball terminology)

"Posting and toasting” is a basketball term popularized by Walt Frazier, a New York Knicks player and later a color commentator for the team. To “post up” in basketball means to establish a position in the low post (near the basket); “toast” is slang for burning the opposition. Frazier’s “posting and toasting” (one of several of his rhyming sayings) has been cited in print since at least the 1990s.

The New York Knicks fan blog Posting and Toasting began in 2007. The “posting” here also means to make a message or article on the web and it can be “toasted” (as if drinking a toast) if people like it.


Wikipedia: Basketball moves
Post up, related moves and shots
To “post up” is to establish a position in the low post, the area near the basket below the foul line, usually in order to take advantage of a smaller defender. The offensive player usually faces away from the basket, so that his body can protect the ball from the defender. From this position, options such as spinning or backing down the defender to close in to the basket for better scoring opportunities become available to him.

Wikipedia: Walt Frazier
Walter “Clyde” Frazier (born March 29, 1945, in Atlanta, Georgia) is a retired American basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was blessed with a unique combination of court vision, quickness, and size (he stands 6’4") for a guard. As their floor general, he led the New York Knicks to the franchise’s only two NBA Championships (1970 & 1973), and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987. Upon his retirement from basketball, Frazier went into broadcasting; he is currently a color commentator for telecasts of Knicks games on the MSG Network.
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Broadcasting career
Frazier currently works as a commentator alongside Mike Breen for MSG Network telecasts of Knicks games. He also worked with Breen previously on the radio broadcasts before his switch to television in 1997, and also worked on Knicks games with Marv Albert. As a broadcaster, Frazier has coined many rhyming phrases, such as “dishing and swishing”, “duping and hooping”, “posting and toasting”, “stopping and popping”, “winning and grinning”, “using and abusing”, “shaking and baking”, “hustling and bustling”, “bounding and astounding,” etc.

NBA Gauntlet
Walt “Clyde” Frazier Dictionary
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Clyde Frazier Rhyme Time
Posting and Toasting

Google Books
Esquire
Volume 128
1997
Pg. 52:
AMAZING GRACE IN-YOUR-FACE BY WALT “CLYDE” FRAZIER
Lisa Leslie can post and toast, she can dunk the ball, and. man. she’s got touch.

Google Books
Sports on New York Radio:
A play-by-play history

By David J. Halberstam
Lincolnwood, IL: Masters Press
1999
Pg. ?:
Ewing wasn’t only doing damage in the post, he was “lurking and irking, or posting and toasting.”

Google Groups: alt.sports.basketball.pro.ny-knicks
Keith Carpenter
Jan 18 2000
LOL! Me too. Posting and toasting and so forth. I’m sick of these people putting walt down he seems like such a nice guy too.

Google Books
NBA’s Greatest
By John Hareas
New York, NY: Dorling Kindersley
2004
Pg. 50:
“He (Earl Monroe—ed.) didn’t know what he was going to do, so how could I?” said Walt Frazier, the former New York Knicks point guard. “He had the spin move, which was new at the time. He was the first guy who would post and toast — just back you inside, man, all the herky-jerky moves. Swirling dervish! When Earl scored on you it was humiliating.”

New York Press
Walt Frazier: Never Discombobulated
Written by Dave Hollander on January 18, 2006
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How about shaking and baking?
Well, that’s a term we used to use back in the day. Shaking and baking, wheeling and dealing. And I added posting and toasting and a few others.

Posting and Toasting
Posting and Toasting: Blogging the Knicks Robin Hood-Style Since 2007

NY1.com
One On 1: Former Knicks Star Walt Frazier Focuses On Individuality
By: Budd Mishkin
01/31/2011 09:54 PM
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Most younger fans now know him not for his deeds, but words as a broadcaster.

“If you go to the playground, they’re saying ‘dishing and swishing,’ ‘posting and toasting,’ ‘stopping and popping,’” he says.

When Frazier started broadcasting in 1987, he hit the books—the dictionary and the thesaurus—and applied the same work ethic that, to use one of his favorite words, “catapulted” him to greatness on the court.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • (0) Comments • Wednesday, May 09, 2012 • Permalink