In a perfect world, Channing Frye would be at the Rose Garden on Tuesday night, in the starting lineup for the Phoenix Suns, playing in the city where he makes his summer home.

But life isn't perfect. And neither is Frye's heart.

In September, during a routine preseason physical for the Suns, an echocardiogram revealed that the 29-year-old forward has an enlarged heart. His season, doctors said definitively, was over. His career path -- which included two years in Portland -- is a little more uncertain.

He is under doctor's orders not to run. Or work out. Or do anything that escalates his heart rate. The extent of his activity these days is yoga and golf.

"Just give me 20 minutes to run," Frye says, sitting against the wall in his yoga room. "I mean, when's the last time I've been able to run? It's been six months."