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A. C. Green
Position(s) Power forwardcenter
Jersey #(s) 45
Born October 4, 1963 (1963-10-04) (age 46)
Portland, Oregon, USA
Career information
Year(s) 1986–2001
NBA Draft 1985 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23
College Oregon State
Professional team(s)
Career stats (NBA and/or ABA)
Points     12,331
Rebounds     9,473
Steals     1,033
Stats @
Career highlights and awards

A.C. Green, Jr., (born October 4, 1963) is a retired American NBA basketball player who played in more consecutive games than any other player in NBA and ABA history (1,192). He played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat. He was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and attended Benson Polytechnic High School. He was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. He missed just 3 games in his entire career in his second season in 1986–87 and played in 1278 out of 1281 games that were played in his career (99.8%). He played all the games of the regular season in 15 of his 16 career seasons (including the 1999 lockout-shortened season of 50 games because of the players' strike) and 14 consecutive seasons from his third season to his retirement.



Oregon State

Green was a four-year star at Oregon State University, where he finished second in school history in rebounding and fourth in scoring. He was an All-Pac-10 selection as a sophomore, and as a junior he ranked fourth in the nation in field goal percentage at .657. As a senior he averaged 19.1 points and 9.2 rebounds and was named to the All-America Third Team.

Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers, fresh from winning an NBA championship, selected Green as the 23rd overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft.[1]

Green fit well into the Los Angeles flow, as he did not need to have plays run for him in order to be effective. He 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. Green was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 1988–89, was voted a starter on the 1990 Western Conference All-Star Team and finished fourth in the league in field goal percentage in 1992–93 at .537.

Phoenix Suns

Green left the Lakers in 1993 to sign with the Phoenix Suns as a free agent. The Suns had just reached the NBA Finals, losing in six games to the Chicago Bulls, and they viewed Green as the missing piece to their championship puzzle. Green posted a career-high average of 14.7 points per game in 1993–94, but the Suns were eliminated in the conference semifinals. In 1994–95 he again contributed double-figure scoring and solid rebounding for the Suns, but his playing time and contributions dipped in 1995–96; though he remained the team's second-leading rebounder. His streak of consecutive games played almost ended during a game with the New York Knicks when J. R. Reid intentionally elbowed him to the face. Green lost two teeth to the incident but was still able to continue on with his streak by wearing a protective mask and only playing a couple of minutes a game for a few weeks.

Dallas Mavericks

Green was traded two months into the 1996–97 season to the Dallas Mavericks in the deal that brought Jason Kidd to Phoenix. He brought reliable rebounding to the rebuilding Mavs, leading the team off the boards in 30 of the 56 games he played in a Dallas uniform. Due to the trade he was able to move one game closer to the record of consecutive games played, since he appeared in 83 games in 1996–97 instead of the standard 82. He tied Shawn Bradley for the team lead in rebounding in 1997–98 with 8.1 rpg, but his season highlight came on November 20 against Golden State when he played in his 907th consecutive game, becoming the league's all-time iron man, surpassing Randy Smith's mark of 906 consecutive games played. [1]

Green played in his 1,000th consecutive game on March 13, 1999 against Vancouver, and finished the 1998–99 season at 1,028 in a row and counting. After 14 seasons in the league, Green had missed only three games, all during the 1986–87 season (his second in the league).

Twilight years

Green returned to the Los Angeles Lakers for the 1999–2000 season where he won his last NBA Championship with the team. He played his final season with the Miami Heat where he was reunited with Pat Riley. The Heat managed to make the playoffs where they were swept in a very one-sided series 3-0 by the Charlotte Hornets who won all 3 games easily.

Iron man streak

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 on April 18, 2001 when the Miami Heat defeated the Orlando Magic in Orlando.

Business ventures

A. C. Green is the current ambassador of basketball for 3BA International and the owner of the Portland, Oregon-based 3BA basketball franchise. The 3BA is a full court, 3-on-3, professional basketball league that is scheduled to be starting its inaugural seasons in June of 2010. The 3BA will kick off leagues in both the United States and China.

A. C. Green is a member and endorser of Financial Destination, Inc. [2], a multi-level marketing company that advertises personal concierge and financial planning services.

He is listed as "COB" of Desert Falls Sports Resort [3], and has publicly endorsed the project before the Mesquite, Nevada, City Council. [4]

Personal life

  • 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. Instead, Green would respond by calmly quoting scripture.[2] Currently, he runs youth camps through his A.C. Green Youth Foundation promoting abstinence until marriage.
  • On his homepage, he states that the initials in his name do not stand for anything. His given name is simply "A. C.", similar to the case of fellow basketball star K. C. Jones.
  • Green is married to Veronique Green. The two were wed on April 20, 2002.
  • Green converted to Christianity in the town of Hermiston, Oregon, while he was still in high school.[1]
  • Green suffered from singultus, or chronic hiccups, during his NBA career, the hiccups only stopping when Green was running or working out. Reportedly, Green never slept more than two hours at a time due to the condition. He has since recovered.[3]


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