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Wallace Ties Record For Games By Undrafted Player

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HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 17: Luis Scola #4 of the Houston Rockets shoots the ball against Ben Wallace #6 of the Detroit Pistons on January 17, 2012 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

HOUSTON, TX – JANUARY 17: Luis Scola #4 of the Houston Rockets shoots the ball against Ben Wallace #6 of the Detroit Pistons on January 17, 2012 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Center Ben Wallace tied Avery Johnson’s record of 1,054 career games played by an undrafted player since the 1976-77 NBA-ABA merger, with his 12-minute stint against Washington on Sunday. Moses Malone holds the all-time record with 1,329 games but was an ABA draft pick in 1974.

Lawrence Frank said Wallace, a four-time defensive player of the year, has been a joy to coach.

“Sometimes the hardest guy to coach is the aging superstar because they’ll live in what they were,” Frank said. “He’s been the easiest guy to coach because he gets it. He understands the circle of life, so to speak, in professional athletics. He’s always embodied what the city is about, that blue-collar, bring-it-every-single-day type of mentality. I can’t say enough good things about Ben.”

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