Derek Fisher has played in 434 consecutive NBA regular season games — the longest such streak in the NBA.
That is 5.3 seasons without a turned ankle or sore back keeping him out of the starting rotation. The streak had belonged to Portland’s Andre Miller at 632 until he sat out due to a suspension after a flagrant foul on Blake Griffin Sunday.
Fisher, ever the diplomat, struck a bigger picture tone when asked about the streak.
“It’s just symbolic of the decision I think a lot of people are faced with on a daily basis,” Fisher said in the Lakers locker room. “There are good days and bad days, but the most important thing is when you wake up the next morning, you’re blessed to see the next day. You strap on the shows and you go to work.”
The all-time NBA record is not one Fisher is likely to catch — former Laker A.C. Green played in 1,192 consecutive regular season games. That’s 14.5 seasons. Even Derrick Fisher isn’t going to play that long.
The Chicago Bulls are one of the teams getting a D-League affiliate franchise this season. The Windy City Bulls will play in the suburb of Hoffman Estates, and now they have a head coach: North Carolina State assistant Bobby Lutz.
Via Upside & Motor‘s Chris Reichert:
Lutz was previously linked to the Bulls’ D-League job in July but there was confusion as to whether he would actually get the job. Now, it appears he has. And he has familiarity with the coaching staff, having served as an assistant coach at Iowa State under Fred Hoiberg in 2010-11, prior to going to NC State.
The release of NBA 2K17, the latest edition of the popular 2K video-game series, is less than a month away. Players are starting to get their likenesses in the game, as well as their player ratings, and tweet them out. Magic forward Evan Fournier wasn’t too happy with the way his came out.
Fournier’s countryman Rudy Gobert got in on the fun, too, changing his Twitter avatar to Fournier’s screenshot and encouraging others to do the same. He even created a hashtag for it.
At least they’re having fun with it.
On Friday, the Jazz traded German center Tibor Pleiss to the Sixers along with two second-round picks for Kendall Marshall. The big draw of the trade for Philly was the picks, and Pleiss is not expected to stay with the Sixers, according to Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia’s Jessica Camerato.
Pleiss had a forgettable season with Utah, and the Sixers have a glut of bigs including Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric. It would have been virtually impossible for Pleiss to crack the rotation, and it’s unlikely another team picks up his contract, which has $3 million guaranteed this season.
As a Jordan Brand athlete, Russell Westbrook is under the same Nike umbrella as former teammate Kevin Durant. But his latest Jordan spot, released Friday, has a very pointed tagline: “Some run, some make runways.”
Given the circumstances, it’s hard to interpret that as anything other than a reference to Durant signing with the Warriors and Westbrook signing an extension with the Thunder.