When a reporter pointed out to Morris Peterson that he will tie the injured Alvin Williams atop the Raptors' career games list tomorrow night, lockermate Aaron Williams jumped into the conversation and blurted out, "Mr. Raptor."
Seems like a fair nickname for a guy who has managed to stick around with the revolving-door franchise since the Raptors selected him 21st overall in
Peterson, who has struggled to find consistency at times but has elevated his game recently, will tie Alvin Williams when he plays his 417th game tomorrow on the road against the Detroit Pistons.
He'll become the sole leader in the career-games department on Wednesday when the Raptors play host to the Atlanta Hawks at the Air Canada Centre.
"It is surprising," the swingman said. "That's something you don't really think about too much. I just go out there and play hard every game."
Peterson almost became an ex-Raptor last summer when the New Orleans Hornets signed him to an offer sheet, but GM Rob Babcock matched the offer and kept Mo Pete in Toronto for three more years.
While many players do everything they can to get out of losing situations, Peterson said he does not want to be anywhere else.
"I'm not really a jealous person," he said. "I can only control my situation and I don't envy anybody else's situation. I'm happy to be a Raptor, I'm happy to play as many games as I have here. It's a blessing just to be able to experience something like this ... Hopefully, I can get to play here longer, for many more years."
Peterson, 28, wouldn't mind playing his entire career with the Raptors.
"I've thought about that, it's almost unheard of in pro sports," he said. "You look at guys like Reggie Miller, Michael Jordan, he even played for two teams. It's a very hard feat, but I think it's possible."
Peterson has played 305 consecutive games, more than any other active player in the NBA. He knocks on wood when talking about injuries
"The older you get, you have to keep your body in better shape," he said.