MIAMI Pat Riley has said it would be more difficult to have an NBA 33-game winning streak now than it was four decades ago.
LeBron James apparently has joined Riley in that thinking.
After his Miami Heat defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 109-77 Sunday night for their 26th straight victory, James compared the NBA now to how it was to 1971-72, when the Los Angeles Lakers won those 33 with Riley as a reserve guard. Riley is now president of the Heat, whose streak is the second-longest in NBA history.
Back then, the leagues were separate. It wasnt a full league at that time, the ABA and NBA leagues spread apart, James said about 1971-72. So some of the greatest players werent even in the (NBA) at the time. But that takes nothing away from what (the Lakers) were able to accomplish; 33 games in a row is 33 games in a row. I dont care who youre playing against. Our league is so competitive now. Weve got 30 teams. We have so many great players. To even have (had winning 33 straight) as a ...