The 22-year-old, 6-foot-11 center was forced to step up when Chris Kaman sprained his right ankle in November. Jordan has started 31 of the Clippers' 40 games.
Wally Pipp was lost on 22-year-old DeAndre Jordan.
Frankly, the old-school reference might have been lost on Jordan's parents.
But then the Clippers' locker room skews quite young. Blake Griffin, 21, was educating some of his youthful teammates on a road trip about semi-recent NBA draft history and the career of Patrick Ewing.
"I'm too young" to know about Ewing, Jordan said to a couple of reporters.
Reporter: "I'm too young to know Wally Pipp. But I know about Wally Pipp."
When it was explained in greater detail that Pipp got hurt and lost his starting job to Lou Gehrig, never got it back and the rest was baseball history, that triggered a response from Jordan.
"Ooh, that's tough," Jordan said. "That's tough."
He knew where the line of questioning was heading: Chris Kaman, meet Wally Pipp.
Can't post link as a rookie. Check Los Angeles Times sports section.