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AC Green

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A.C. Green, Jr.

Forward -- #45
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 224
College: Oregon State 1985
Birthday: 10-4-63



Pro Career:
A.C. currently owns the NBA Iron Man title, having played in 1,192 straight games. A.C. surpassed Randy Smith's 907 consecutive games played on November 20, 1997, and played in his 1000th game on March 13, 1999.

A.C. signed with the Miami Heat for the 2000-2001 season. He earned a Championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1999-2000 season. Prior to this, A.C. spent two seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, four seasons with the Phoenix Suns and eight seasons with the Lakers.

A.C. was the Lakers' first-round selection in the 1985 college draft, 23rd selection overall. He became the first rookie since LeRoy Ellis in the 1962-63 season to appear in every game. He moved into the starting lineup in 1986-87 for the final 72 games and led the club in rebounds averaging 7.6 per game.

He was selected by NBA coaches to the league's all defensive second team in 1988-89. He recorded a career high 35 points on January 15, 1994.

A.C. was voted by his fans as a starter for the 1990 NBA All-Star Game.

College:
Third-team All-American as a senior.
1984 PAC-10 Player of the Year.
Led Oregon State Beavers to NCAA's 3 times, including 1982 "Final Eight".
No. 4 in NCAA in field goal accuracy as a junior (.657).

Vision:
A.C. heart is dedicated to working with youth.
Because of his love for young people, A.C. established the A.C. Green Youth Foundation in 1989, with the main focus on sexual abstinence education.

Through his "I've Got The Power" abstinence curriculum, A.C.'s mission is to help young people build self-esteem and character, and learn moral and ethical principles which will help them make responsible decisions.

Personal:
A.C. was married in April 2002 to Veronique Green. Read about the wedding!

A.C. owns several Denny's restaurants in Portland, and a Hyundai dealership in Los Angeles. He also has his own sport drink, Bio Sport.

A.C. graduated from Oregon State with a degree in Speech Communication. His hobbies include tennis, bowling, baseball, football, golf, and eating frozen yogurt.

The initials A.C., like his father's do not stand for full names -- his name is simply A.C. Green Jr.

A.C. is a youth mentor, author, speaker, and successful businessman. He is also a role model that youth across America can respect, and for this he was recognized in the House of Representatives' Congressional Record of October 26, 1999.

A. C. Green has long been one of the most talented and enduring power forwards in professional basketball. In fact, he holds the NBA record for most consecutive games played. A. C. is also founder and president of A. C. Green Programs for Youth. This testimony originally appeared in Decision Magazine , a publication of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

When I was in my senior year of high school, people thought that I had everything. My parents had just bought me a car; I had received a four-year scholarship to Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon; my high school team had won the state basketball championship; I was the player of the year in Oregon, and I was on the All-American team. As a 17-year-old I had everything going my way, but I felt empty inside.

Until I became a freshman in high school, I attended church regularly. I thought that if I was a good person and better than the friends I hung around with, I was assured to go to heaven.

But during high school my parents left to me the decision about my attending church. I decided that it was not "cool" to go to church, so I went only occasionally.

I wanted to do exactly what my friends wanted me to do. I was one of the biggest man-pleasers around. Though I was one of the most popular guys at my high school, I had low self-esteem and I felt insecure about who I was.

In August, 1981, 10 friends with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) went to Hermiston, Oregon, for a weekend visit with one of my former teacher friends, Rod Bragato, and his wife, Karen. I was not a member of FCA, but I wanted to go along for the ride. On Sunday we attended church; the sermon was titled "Do You Want to Go to Heaven, or Do You Want to Go to Hell?" This sermon told me what God's plan for salvation was and not what I believed was the key to heaven; that being a good person or trying to be better than my peers was the standard by which I was to measure salvation.

Ten of my best friends were with me in this church of 150 people. A passion burned inside as I knew that Jesus was calling me to give my life to him; at the same time Satan was trying to keep me blinded to continue living as I had for the past 17 years. After the pastor gave the first altar call, I wanted to sprint down to the front of the church, but something stopped me. It was as though Satan whispered to me, "Let someone else go first." After the second altar call Satan said, "Your friends are gonna laugh at you."

At the third altar call I put one foot in front of the other and began to walk down front. The pastor prayed with me, and I asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins and to become my Savior. I accepted Jesus Christ on August 2, 1981.

That fall I went to Oregon State University where I began a journey of growth, spiritually and academically. By the end of my senior year I received my B.A. in communications and was drafted in the first round by the Los Angeles Lakers. Playing with the Lakers were some of the best years of my life. During my eight-year stay, I was fortunate to be a part of winning several world championships; in October, 1993, I signed with the Phoenix Suns to begin another journey of growth.

While I learned to be a champion on the court in Los Angeles, my spiritual home, Morning Star Christian Church, helped me to develop and become a champion off the court. At Morning Star we believe in holding each other accountable. We are family, and we believe in one another.

When I played basketball for the Lakers, people from my church were always at the games. I called them the "Faith Brigade," and I heard them when they cheered. Our code word was "Champ," because we were trying to be "Champions for Christ."

Two members of my inner circle of friends have been my pastors, Dave Soto and Phil Bonasso. Dave and I were roommates during my first four years in Los Angeles.

People considered it odd that a professional athlete wanted to have a roommate, but I would rather have someone around to hold me accountable. Having people covenant with me helps me to maintain a high standard.

The Bible is my manual for living. I have developed the habit of spending time with God and reading the Bible every morning. In college, even though I had 7:30 a.m. lectures and labs some mornings, I made it a practice to get up by 6:00 to spend time with God.

Each day I want to be led by the Spirit of God in making decisions about a job or about a business situation, a speaking engagement, or whatever it might be.

The Bible says, "Whatever you put your hand to do, do as with all your might,"1 and, "Do it to the glory of the Lord."2 When I play basketball, I want to glorify God. I want to play 110 percent. My favorite Scripture is, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."3 That applies so much in my basketball playing where I want first and foremost to glorify and honor God. My team is my mission field. This is my extended family because I live with these people all of the time.

Basketball is my job, and I want to excel in it. God has given me a great honor but with this honor comes responsibility.

My heart goes out to young people because I know how confused I was at that stage. They need to know that they don't have to compromise their bodies, their minds, their spirits---any part of their beings---to any second-best decision.

Opportunities for temptation come and go, but by the grace of God, I will hold myself sexually abstinent until I marry. I am single, and I do have a wonderful girlfriend.

For me, my abstinence is more than a statement. It's a personal conviction, and I made that decision back in 1981. Because of what God tells me in his Word, I am staying abstinent until I marry and I encourage others to remain abstinent also.

With Athletes for Abstinence, a nonprofit program which includes college and professional athletes, celebrities and concerned citizens, I made a video titled "It Ain't Worth It." Targeted at youth from seventh grade through college, the video tells them the truth about "safe sex." Abstinence is the only true form of safe sex. There is strong opposition, a battle---especially in schools.

I love to see young minds challenged. I want to see young people change and mature into people of great value. Since I wanted to establish something for the long haul, in the late 1980s some friends and I developed the A. C. Green Programs for Youth to work with youth educationally and spiritually.

Within Programs for Youth I have established five programs: Athletes for Abstinence, Job Mentor Program, Leadership Camps, Speakers Bureau, and a youth talk show, "Shooting the Breeze With A. C. Green," that is to be aired soon. These programs have been developed to serve both the youth and the communities in which they live by providing information about social issues that concern young people and by educating them to make responsible choices to prepare them for their future. It is my desire to expand these programs in Phoenix, and then in other cities across the United States and around the world.

Jesus has done so much for me, and I want to show him my appreciation and my love for him. That comes through spending time with him, then by doing what he asks me to do. I want to be obedient to him and to serve others as he has blessed me to do.


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