MIAMI Pat Riley once guaranteed his Los Angeles Lakers would win a second straight title. After they did so in 1988, Lakers star Magic Johnson put a towel over his coachs face to make sure he wasnt going to guarantee a third.
As it turned out, the Lakers fell short of getting there. But 25 years later, a Riley team will have another chance.
The Miami Heat, put together by team president Riley, won their second straight crown last Thursday, Now, theyll head into next season seeking a three-peat, a term Riley actually has trademarked.
Guard Dwyane Wade didnt guarantee Monday after the latest victory parade his Heat can reach that goal. But he sure didnt mind putting it out there.
Magic Johnson, hes got five rings and he never won three in a row, Wade said. So that shows how tough it is. But were going to throw our hat in the ring and see with what we come out with. Were going to be back next year hungry again to try to continue to place ourselves in history. Winning back-to-back ...