Walt Frazier’s stylish alter ego known as Clyde more or less ceased to exist. But it might have been the September day in 1989 when Hurricane Hugo threatened to do away with both.IT is difficult to pinpoint the exact time that
Mr. Frazier, a Hall of Fame player for the New York Knicks basketball team, was relaxing on the living room sofa with a girlfriend, watching football on television, when the first terrifying winds tore the awnings off his vacation home on St. Croix. The television went dark. The large picture windows blew out.
Mr. Frazier and his girlfriend scurried for the bathroom, where they spent the next 12 hours, cowering and praying.
“We sat there all night, in the dark, hungry and cold, water coming from under the door, the wind howling, hearing crashes sounding like freight trains running down the track and thinking, ‘Man, the worst of it hasn’t even hit us,’ ” he said, showing a visitor the same cramped bathroom. “All we could say was, ‘Hold on, house. Hold on!’ ”
Looking for a tranquil hideaway after years as a paparazzi magnet, Mr. Frazier bought the single-level home on a one-acre property for $215,000 in 1979, while visiting St. Croix with his 12-year-old son, Walter III. He was shopping for a condominium, but instead fell hard for a house on hilly terrain with four tentacle-like columns that reminded him of a space ship.