Friday, March 22nd, 2013 at 10:05 am  |  7 responses

Jerry West Not Against Heat Breaking Lakers’ Record 33-Game Win Streak

Unlike some of his former teammates from the fabled 1971-1972 Los Angeles Lakers, Jerry West doesn’t fear the Miami Heat approaching their 33-game winning streak. The Logo has been keeping close tabs on LeBron James and co., and West fully embraces their historic run. Per the NY Times: “That thrilling, 98-95 victory in Cleveland was the Heat’s 24th in a row, leaving them 9 shy of the record set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers — West’s Lakers. One of the N.B.A.’s most hallowed marks could potentially fall in three weeks. ‘I think it’s great for the league,’ West said. ‘If they would break it, my gosh, I think it would be a wonderful story. I have no problem with that.’ [...] Far from feeling threatened, West seemed intrigued by the Heat’s drive toward the record. ‘I think it could very easily be broken this year,’ he said. ‘I really do believe that.’ [...] The Lakers’ streak stretched from Nov. 5, 1971 to Jan. 7, 1972. Only 10 games were decided by single digits. The rest were blowouts — a point of pride to West. ‘They played some close games this year,’ West said of the Heat, ‘but our games really weren’t close.’ The only other distinction West drew was in the quality of opposition. The N.B.A. in 1971-72 was a 17-team league, with the elite talent more tightly concentrated. The Lakers’ streak was ended by a Milwaukee Bucks team featuring two Hall of Famers, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson. Today, West said, ‘I see some very poor teams out there” and few that can challenge the Heat. ‘Expansion has diluted the talent,’ West said. ‘It hasn’t made talent better. So it’s harder to get a lot of good players on one team today.’”

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  • pposse

    “its harder to get a lot of good players on one team today” – but the Miami Heat have 3 HOFers in their prime on one squad and another HOFer in the twilight of his career that’s still adding on to his personal 3 pt scoring record…go figure

  • Perry the PlatyPteranodon

    9 more games for that, they only have 2 real threats in that run the Spurs and Knicks. They could lock this record up if they stay consistent. This is some great basketball we’re seeing.

  • Fat Lever

    Class. Respect.

  • bike

    I think what he meant was the Heat aren’t going up against as many teams with the same caliber of superstar firepower they have. So, in theory, they are getting more ‘easier’ wins than the Lakers did. Everybody’s an expert from this point forward.

  • spit hot fiyah

    like bike said, i think he means that League is watered down. imagine if there where only 20 teams now. basically all players on current roster that are between 9-15 in the rotation would be out the league


    i think bosh needs another title before the HOF comes calling. by the way, this season, he is the best mid range shooter in the league. better than Dirk Nash jarrett jack(?) and Garnett

  • KoloradoKobe

    Word. Nobody is bigger than the game and records are meant to be broken.