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And the active leader for consecutive regular season NBA games played is …

Nov 3, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

Omer Asik, Ed Davis AP

Omer Asik of the Rockets is the active leader in consecutive regular season games played, with his current streak hitting 233 straight after appearing in each of the Rockets’ first three games of the year.

Asik topped the leaderboard once Russell Westbrook‘s streak ended due to a knee injury he suffered during last season’s playoffs — one that has prevented him from seeing the court for the Thunder before his expected debut on Sunday.

Westbrook’s streak lasted all five of his NBA seasons, where he appeared in every single one of the 394 games played while he was on the Thunder’s roster.

For Asik, he’s at almost three consecutive NBA seasons worth of games with his current streak, but he feels it’s more of a fluke than something to be proud of.

From Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

“Actually, I don’t really care about it,” the 27-year-old Asik said. “I just try to stay on the court. It’s not in my hands mostly. (An injury) happens in a second.

“It’s just a little bit of luck, I think.”

Asik missed a playoff game with the Bulls with a broken leg, but he had played the previous game despite the injury. He said there were several games last season he did not think he could play, but did.

“I have played hurt a few times, but I think it’s mostly luck,” Asik said. “That’s it.”

Asik hasn’t just been on the floor, he’s been a productive member of a Rockets team that’s off to a 3-0 start.

Despite his concerns over the summer about a diminished role in Houston playing alongside Dwight Howard, Asik has started all three games and is averaging 11.7 rebounds in just 23.3 minutes per contest.

  1. antistratfordian - Nov 3, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    People talk about the league getting “soft” in terms of physical play – which I disagree with – but I do think the league is softening via the growing popularity of “maintenance programs.” Stars who would otherwise hold this kind of record (perhaps some resilient veteran superstar like Tim Duncan) are withheld even when they’re healthy and that’s considered a positive thing for the game somehow.

    Michael Jordan played a full 82 games 9 times in his career – those days are LONG gone. He wouldn’t even be allowed to do that today.

    • katra2logic - Nov 4, 2013 at 8:11 PM

      Quite true antistratfordian. Although, MJ being MJ, he may have insisted on staying in even if he played now :-)

      How about the Stilt man. Wilt Chamberlain basically played every minute of every game a couple hundred times. That is freakin’ amazing…

      • antistratfordian - Nov 5, 2013 at 9:34 PM

        We’re talking about giants of the game. All of them did something astounding.

  2. 00maltliquor - Nov 4, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Impressive for a big to lead the way in consecutive games.

  3. belleby123 - Nov 4, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    I feel bad for Asik–per the current sentiment, he is due to spontaneously combust sometime this season.

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