The common saying among sportsmen is that, ‘all records were made to be broken’ usually rings true. But changes in the era’s, changes in officiating or rules because of transient thought provoking play from an athlete or team. Have all combined to give us a set of conditions, which may never be repeated again. With research there actually are dozens of NBA records which are destined to live forever, but i want to focus on these 2 because they are held by players who may not be easily recognized, but our lack of familiarity with them does not take away from their impact on the game we all love. The 2 NBA records virtually cast in stone are.
1. Consecutive games played: This record is held by A.C. Green and it currently stands at 1,192 games played. Green, a power forward that played most of his career as a Laker, from Nov. 19, 1986 until April 17, 2001 he played every single game. Today’s training staffs often advise coaches to give players rest in a bid to deter injury and to promote players longivity. Today any player who appears in all 82 games is hailed as tough and notable on his team. Green played every game for 14 seasons in a row. With teams being more dedicated to managing regular-season minutes. It’s a different mindset than it was during Green’s career. The longest active streak is 304 games, held by Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles.
2. My personal favourite and choice for the most unbreakable record of all has to do with a slightly unsportsman like category of Technical fouls in a season, the current record for Technical fouls in a season stands at 41. When people complain about how many Technical fouls get called on Dramond Green these days I say you don’t know a guy called Rasheed Wallace. Wallace set this inglorious record during the 2000-01 season.
Wallace was whistled for 38 techs the year before setting the record and 27 more the year after. When Sheed bumped it up to 29 in 2004-05, the NBA tossed him to its rules committee and urged it to do something. The committee instituted the “Sheed Rule.” Going into effect in 2006-07, this rule penalizes players that exceed 15 techs in a season, which Wallace did 10 times in a career during which he totaled 317 techs. No. 16 comes with a one-game suspension and a $5,000 fine. Every tech after that results in a $5,000 fine, and every two warrants another fine and suspension.
There is a reason why no player has since exceeded 19 techs in a season. Perhaps because they realize getting to 41 would require another source of income to pay off the resultant fines, a mental health evaluation and a lot of animosities from teammates and coaches.