Work in Sports
Lakers waive NBA 'Ironman' Green
Posted: Wednesday June 28, 2000 07:32 PM
Green, 36, who ran his league record for consecutive games to 1,133 this season, averaged 5.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 23 1/2 minutes. In the playoffs, he averaged 3.9 points and 4.2 rebounds.
"A.C. Green played an important role in helping us win the NBA championship and has obviously meant a lot to this franchise over the years," Lakers executive vice president Jerry West said.
The Lakers reacquired Green, who was on their "Showtime" championship teams in 1986 and 1987, from Dallas in exchange for Sean Rooks last September.
Green, who often perches a stuffed green bear on his head while on the bench during games to promote his chastity for youth programs, has been in the league for 15 seasons.
He played for Phoenix after leaving the Lakers in 1993.
He last missed a game on Nov. 18, 1986, when then-Lakers coach Pat Riley did not play him in Dallas. The previous mark for consecutive games was 906 by Randy Smith.