A.C. Green: Iron Virgin

A.C. Green: Iron Virgin

A. C. Green Jr. is an American retired NBA player who played in more consecutive games than any other player in NBA and ABA history. With 1,192 straight games played, he earned the nickname “Iron Man”. He played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat. He won three NBA championships with the Lakers, two in the 1980s during their Showtime era and again in 2000 in his second stint with the team.

Green led the Lakers in rebounding for six of his eight years on the team. Led by Magic Johnson, James Worthy, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles captured back-to-back titles in 1987 and 1988, Green’s second and third years with the squad. In the two campaigns combined, he averaged 11.1 points and 8.2 rebounds while shooting better than .500 from the field. Green also reached the NBA Finals with Los Angeles in 1989 and 1991 (they lost against Pistons and Bulls).

Green’s consecutive games played streak began on November 19, 1986, when the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio. The streak ended with the last game of his career on April 18, 2001, when the Miami Heat defeated the Orlando Magic in Orlando. In addition to this streak, he also managed to miss only three games throughout his entire playing career, all of which came during his second season in the NBA.

Green is known as deeply religious and is well known for proclaiming that he began and ended his NBA career as a virgin. During his playing days, his teammates would frequently send women to tempt him to compromise his morals. Green would respond by calmly quoting the Bible. He established the A.C. Green Youth Foundation in 1989, which ran youth camps promoting abstinence until marriage. In 2000, he wore a green bear on his head while on the bench during basketball games to promote his foundation.