Posted March 21, 2013

Jerry West: Heat win streak could ‘easily’ surpass Lakers record

Former Lakers star Jerry West said he thinks the Heat have an "incredible chance" to break the Lakers' record of consecutive victories. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Former Lakers star Jerry West said he thinks the Heat have an “incredible chance” to break the Lakers’ record of consecutive victories. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Lakers legend Jerry West thinks one of the most thought-to-be untouchable records in sports could “easily” be broken.

West told reporters Thursday that he thinks the Miami Heat have an “incredible chance” of breaking the 1971-72 Lakers’ record of 33 consecutive victories, a team on which West played. After Wednesday night’s comeback victory in Cleveland pushed their streak to 24, the Heat need 10 more victories to break the Lakers record.

“Honestly, I think they’ve got an incredible chance to do it,” West said, according to The Los Angeles Times. “I really do. And people say to me, ‘Does it bother you?’ Absolutely not. I think it’s great for the league and I’m delighted obviously for my friend Pat Riley to be able to maybe replicate this not only as an executive but as a player. It’s pretty special.

“If they would break it, my gosh, I think it would be a wonderful story. I have no problem with that.”

West, who is now an executive with the Golden State Warriors, compared it to records like Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak or the Miami Dolphins’ undefeated season being threatened.

“I think this is what makes sports so intriguing,” he said, according to ESPN. “Is a number out there — DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak. Will anyone ever do that? Football, the Dolphins, undefeated. A lot of people don’t think those things are possible. Well, they are possible, particularly in basketball. I think you get a real unique team, and Miami has a unique team.”


I grew up a Celtic fan, so Jerry West always scared me.  One playoff game he scored 44 against the Celts on one leg, shooting mostly from WAY downtown.  If there'd been a 3 point line then, he would be the all-time scoring leader.

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It West says it, everyone has to pay attention to. He knows the game. As a Lakers fan I wouldn't like that record to be broken by them or any team at all. However, we all know that if there's one team that has the chance to break that record, is Miami with LeBron James in it. We all know right now that he has been for a while, the best player in the league