A.C. Green, the NBA’s Iron Man, played in a record 1,192 games during his 16-year career. As a result, you would think he’d roll his eyes at the amount of rest that current players receive, whether it’s head coaches mandating off days or assistant coaches monitoring minutes.
Well, you would be wrong.
“I honestly think it’s probably a good thing for today’s players and where we are right now,” Green said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “I have no problem with it. I think it’s smart. You have to really know the car you got in your garage. You got to know the horse you have in your stable. Seeing how guys are wired today, what’s going to give the team the most advantage, you got to keep your guys healthy and you got to keep them fresh. If you need to rest them, just rest them until you absolutely have to have them.”
Green, 52, got his strong work ethic from his parents, both of whom worked multiple jobs to provide for Green and his three older siblings. In fact, Green remembers often asking his parents where they were going when they would leave to go to their next job.
“Honestly, guys, I resented the word ‘work’ because it took my parents from me growing up,” Green said. “That’s how I looked at it as a baby. It’s funny because as we’re talking about the Iron Man record and going to work every single day for 14 years in a row without missing a game, it seems like that full circle comes back around.”