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Clippers @ Miami - Open Thread

2008/2009 NBA Regular Season

American Airlines Arena
February 2nd, 2009, 4:30 PM
KTLA Channel 5, 710 AM
Probable starters:
Baron Davis PG Mario Chalmers
Eric Gordon SG Dwyane Wade
Al Thornton SF Yakhouba Diawara
Brian Skinner PF Udonis Haslem
Marcus Camby C Jamaal Magloire

Trivia Time - Heat small forward Yakhouba Diawara continues a proud if unlikely tradition of Pepperdine players in the NBA. How many consecutive seasons has a Wave been on an NBA roster?

Answer - Believe it or not, this is the 33rd consecutive year that at least one Pepperdine Wave has been on an NBA roster. The vast majority of those 33 years can be attributed to two players - the late, great Dennis Johnson from 1976 until 1990, and Doug Christie from 1992 until 2007 (Christie of course finished his illustrious career in non-illustrious fashion with 7 games for the Clippers in 2007). A collection of journeyman have filled in the blanks around those two, the latest being French national Diawara, who made the Nuggets squad in 2006 and signed a free agent contract with the Heat this summer. Diawara and Alex Acker of the Pistons are the two former Waves currently in the league, but the streak could end soon, as neither is under contract after next season, neither is tearing up the league, and there's no one making the jump any time soon from a Pepperdine program that has been moribund for several years.

By the way, it's been 36 straight years if you count the ABA. Bird Averitt played three seasons in the ABA beginning in 1973, and joined the Buffalo Braves in the distribution draft following the ABA/NBA merger in '76.

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