When most people think of “Iron Man” records in sports they usually think of Cal Ripken Jr. On September 6, 1995 Ripken broke the MLB record with most consecutive games played when he completed his 2,131 straight game. His streak would end at 2,632 games and set the record on September 20,1998.
A.C. Green (Getty Images)
Another player that holds a similar streak in the NBA is A.C. Green. Green was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 23rd overall pick in the 1985 Draft. Green would play every single game of his rookie season. In his second season for the Lakers he sat out three early games. He returned to the court in San Antonio, TX versus the Spurs on November 19, 1986. The Lakers would win the game 117-108 over the Spurs that night. Green scored no points in 13 minutes of play. What no one realized is that uneventful game would be the beginning of history.
A.C. Green would continue to play in every game until he finally broke the previous record held by Randy Smith. Smith played in 906 straight games. Green played his 907th straight game on November 20, 1997 setting the new record.
A.C. Green never stopped playing until April 18, 2001 while playing for the Miami Heat against the Magic in Orlando, FL. He had played in 1,192 consecutive games when his streak ended. No other player in the history of the NBA has ever come close to this record.
During the course of his 17 year NBA career Green would play for four different teams (Lakers, Suns, Mavericks and Heat). Green only missed three total games his entire career playing in 1278 of 1281 games. He scored 12,331 career points was an All Star (1990) and won three NBA Titles.
Greens career was slightly above average when you look at his numbers and other accomplishment. However when you look at the record he hold he looks flat out super human.
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The L.A. Kings are on their way to the Stanley Cup Finals. Its their first time since 1993 when NHL Legend Wayne Gretzky played for the Kings. The Kings have never won the Stanley Cup and are more than ready to capture it this year.
The Kings had an average regular season finishing with a record of 40 wins, 27 loses and 15overtime loses. When April started and the final games before the post season were about to be played many thought the Kings would not even qualify for the playoffs. Well they did but barely and got the placed in the playoffs as the 8th seed. The Kings faced off against the 1st seeded Vancouver Canucks and shocked the hockey world by taking the series in 5 games. It was their first time making it out of the first round since 2001. The Kings then swept the 2nd seeded St. Louis Blues and the hockey world started to think, maybe these guys are for real. Last night it was confirmed when the Kings took game 5 against the Phoenix Coyotes by a score of 4-3 in overtime to advance into the Finals. The Kings made history during this incredible playoff run by being the first 8th seeded team to beat both the 1st and 2nd seeded teams in the playoffs.
The Kings star through this playoff season has been their American born Right Wing Dustin Brown. Brown scored 7 goal, 9 assists and had 3 game winning goals in the playoffs. He has been their leader and the rest of the team has followed with incredible play. If he keeps it up he will definitely take the MVP trophy in the Stanley Cup.
The Kings must wait now to find out their opponent. The New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils are still battling it out in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Ranger and the Devils are set to play Game 7 tonight in New York. I have a feeling that the Rangers will take the game and advance to their first Finals since 1994. We will find out really soon.
L.A. Kings fan holding a sign that says it all.
The Kings have really sparked interest in Los Angeles for Hockey. The city has had their loyal fans but the casual fans left when Gretzky went to play for the Rangers in the late 1990s. The L.A. Sports Scene is really different this summer with the Lakers and the Clippers already out of the NBA Playoffs. The city of Los Angeles needs the Kings right now. This is the perfect opportunity for the Kings to brighten up the city with Hockey excitement.
I feel this is a Kings team that is destined to win the Cup this year. I did not think so going into the playoffs but I have seen the playoff greatness. This would be one of the most surprising NHL Playoff runs we have ever seen if they can capture the cup. We could be calling it the “King’s Cup” in just a matter of a couple of weeks.
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