AC Green Rumors
A former NBA player is opening the first California location for a cryotherapy business in Sacramento. A.C. Green, who became well known as a key member of the championship Los Angeles Lakers teams of the 1980s, will open CryoBath on Howe Avenue on Friday. “Your mayor sold me on Sacramento,” said Green, who played with Mayor Kevin Johnson on the Phoenix Suns in the 1990s and is chief marketing officer for CryoBath. Green said he’s also had relatives in Stockton for many years, so he’s always been interested in the region. “When that time is right, I want to try something in Sacramento.”
Q. You only missed three games in your career and it was because of Pat Riley. Green: It was coach’s decision [laughs]. Really it was him who called me and apologized. “Sorry, I don’t know what I was thinking. Please forgive me,” he said. When we were together in Miami he told me: “Here we are. It’s your sixteenth year in the NBA and you haven’t lost a game since I brought you into the League brought and you didn’t play three games because of me.” It was a very special moment for me because it was him who called me to apologize.
Q. You played 1,024 consecutive games. There is a legend about that streak: that one of your secrets to stay healthy was sexual abstinence. AC Green: Not true. It’s one great misunderstanding. It never gave me strength. It helped me to stay focused. You’re probably more distracted if you have sex every night or you’re more tired. But it was just part of the legend.
Q. In the end it seems that Pau will be part of the Lakers this season. AC Green: The Lakers need Pau. He has proved he’s a champion. Trading him was not a smart move. It’s that kind of champion and player you always want to have on your team. We need him to remain a Laker.
Police say three NBA championship rings belonging to former Los Angeles Lakers forward A.C. Green have been stolen from his Southern California home. Palos Verdes Estates police Sgt. Steve Barber said Thursday that Green believes the rings were taken by day laborers he hired to move belongings into storage.
Alan Hahn: RIP Pat Cummings. 4 of 12 NBA seasons w/ Knicks, during some tough years in the mid-1980s. Tough PF brawled w/ AC Green and Lakers in ’88.
AC Green on whether or not he noticed guys acting different after Johnson’s announcement: “I noticed that a lot of guys were more aware of what they were doing and thinking a little more responsibly about what they were thinking about doing or in the middle of doing. It brought a greater awareness to the world, to our profession. At that time, in the next month, condom sales through Trojan had reached an all-time high. There was a big, big impact of people thinking about okay if this can happen to him, is it possible this can happen to me?”
AC Green: That particular morning, the one thing that I will always remember, not just the announcement, but Magic asking me to come into one of our little private side rooms and saying I just need to get out of that atmosphere for a moment and let’s say a prayer. It wasn’t abnormal because he and I both had a common bond, a very religious background and upbringing through our parents so that was sort of a common thing for us. It was something that meant a whole lot to him.
MT: Who were some of the other more notable tough guys you’ve had in your 27 years as the team’s trainer? Vitti: Derek Fisher. Michael Cooper. A.C. Green. All Iron Men. These guys were tough, man, they played no matter what. And there were a lot of guys, so you hate to single guys out. But I’ll tell you who was a tough kid: Chris Mihm. As bad as his situation was, that kid went out and tried.
Would you ever want to get back into the game in coaching or with a front office? AC Green: Those things might happen over time. You take into consideration coaching and front-office opportunities. You never say never, but right now I’m enjoying mentorship roles that I do now.
What takes most of your time these days? AC Green: I spend time with the A.C. Green Youth Foundation. Our history is at acgreen.com. It’s been 22 years now. In Phoenix, there are 18 schools in Maricopa Country that we have my curriculum inside and teaching on a daily basis. Being there 10 years and having a residence there is phenomenal in where the game of basketball is and how life changes.