I don’t often discuss what happens with players off the court. But, dammit if I’m not going to share this fantastic ESPN 30-for-30 short film with you on A.C. Green called “Iron Virgin”.
Green, who had two stints with the Lakers and won three championships (1987, 1988, 2000), was the hard working, blue collar type player most title teams have at least one of. He defended, rebounded, ran the floor, finished inside*, and even had a pretty reliable 15-18 foot jumper. He was a key contributor to the Showtime teams and even made an All-Star game in 1990.
While Green boasted a portable game (he could have been a high level contributor on countless teams), what he was best known for during his career were two traits: his durability and his virginity.
Over a 16 year career, Green only missed 3 games — all in his 2nd season. For the final 14 years of his career, he played in 1,192 consecutive games — including one year (1996-97) where, after being traded mid-season, he actually played in 83 games.
As for his virginity…well, let’s just say the same commitment Green showed to getting on the court to play was taken off the court to staying abstinent. Which was no small feat considering the team he played on and the city he lived in.
ESPN’s 30-for-30 series took a look at these two aspects of his career and put together the great short film below. It’s got cameos from plenty of his teammates (Worthy, Byron, Kareem) as well as Gary Vitti and Jerry West. The video is great.
*On the court