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JasonJohnHorn
05-15-2011, 01:40 PM
When I first starting watching basketball, players generally seemed to play full seasons. But over the last decade it seems as though there are a lot of part time players. Some guys simply cant help it. McGrady, Hill, Amare, all seem to be take their conditioning seriously, but have still suffered many injuries.

But looking back at the guys from the late 80s and early to mid nineties, so many players were playing close to a full season. In 18 seasons with Utah, Karl Malone only missed 10 games! In 17 of Stockton's seasons, he didnt miss a single game! In 12 of his 15 seasons, Jordan only missed a combined 7 games! AC Green, the true Iron Man and work horse, only missed 3 games in 16 years, and didnt miss a single game for 14 straight seasons! Of Rodman's first 6 seasons, he had 5 with perfect attendance (then he started getting suspensions). Kareem played 20 seasons, and in all save two, he never missed less than 6 games in a season, and for the most part only missed 2 or 3.


It seems like players used to really take pride in showing up for every game, but over the last decade, a lot of players seem to miss games more often. Shaq hasnt had one season with perfect attendance. Kobe has only had two. And while there are guys like Garnett (more so when he was younger) and Howard, and the recently retired Bruce Bowen, who seem to show up for most games, it also seems like stars are more likely to take games off these day, and the days of the NBA Iron Men are essentially over.

So do players today seem to take more time off? Or am I just not seeing the whole picture? It is hard to keep track of every player's attendance, but it seems like players just miss more games than they ever have before.

Sixerlover
05-15-2011, 01:46 PM
It's just harder to keep track. There are some left. Before this season, check Andre Iguodala's games played from the start of his career. He missed 6 games in 6 years. Then he got a genuine injury this season. But no one acknowledges the ironmen, so they won't get any credit for it.

mdm692
05-15-2011, 01:50 PM
Nash is on vacation lol =P

jkiddvc20
05-15-2011, 01:56 PM
Knock on wood Brook Lopez has never missed a game in his career so far

heyman321
05-15-2011, 02:24 PM
Mo Pete used to be an Iron Man. but then he started sucking = not even playing at all lol.

LA_Raiders
05-15-2011, 02:29 PM
Kobe is the last standing Iron Man...

shen
05-15-2011, 02:56 PM
Andre Miller has played 12 seasons while missing a total of 6 games. He did miss 1 game last year because of suspension. However I agree, it seems like players now days are only trying to play 60-70 games a season. Now days when a player only misses 10-15 games in a season he is considered having had a healthy year.

arkanian215
05-15-2011, 02:57 PM
Andre Miller

GeekInThePink
05-15-2011, 03:00 PM
To fight bad guys, obviously.

tredigs
05-15-2011, 03:14 PM
Kobe is the last standing Iron Man...

Dwight (has missed 7 games in 7 years), Westbrook (never missed a game in three seasons + two playoffs) and Rose are all iron men. Lebron and KD rarely take a night off or get hurt as well.

-Kobe24-TJ19-
05-15-2011, 03:15 PM
Derek Fisher hasn't missed a game in 6 years.

Last nine years he has missed games only in one season (04-05 8 games)

Chill_Will_24
05-15-2011, 03:20 PM
For a 7'1 guy, Brook Lopez should get more credit than he does. Not a single game missed in his career

5ass
05-15-2011, 03:30 PM
Dwight (has missed 7 games in 7 years), Westbrook (never missed a game in three seasons + two playoffs) and Rose are all iron men. Lebron and KD rarely take a night off or get hurt as well.

its amazing how dwight can stay healthy, especially for a big man its incredible. also dont forget of the 7 games i would say atleast 3-4 were suspensions

Hellcrooner
05-15-2011, 03:56 PM
Iron Men used to be Role players that didnt deal with the grind wear and tear that scoring causes.

Like Ac green for example.

Role players still play full seasons

Gators123
05-15-2011, 04:11 PM
Tayshaun Prince played all 82 regular season games for 6 years straight. But Last year he hurt his back pretty bad and only played 49 games.

Bruno
05-15-2011, 04:23 PM
Dwight Howard is a true Iron-man. He has played in all but seven games for the Magic since being drafted in 2004. He averages 81 games played per season. That right there is an iron-man.

Purple&Gold24
05-15-2011, 04:24 PM
um...Im right here :shrug:

:D

Chill_Will_24
05-15-2011, 04:25 PM
its amazing how dwight can stay healthy, especially for a big man its incredible. also dont forget of the 7 games i would say atleast 3-4 were suspensions

For to be exact. Another one was for a stomach virus.

JasonJohnHorn
05-15-2011, 08:07 PM
um...Im right here :shrug:

:D

lol

Love the purple and gold Iron Man btw. Not a Kobe fan, but I love watching Lamar and Odom, and I love Vlade! So Purple and Gold Iron Man gets a thumbs up in my book.

JasonJohnHorn
05-15-2011, 08:08 PM
Come on fans. Tell us about your team's Iron Men and show some love for the hard workin' guys in the NBA that make an effort to show up every night!