The Heat is Rising to 33!
March 19, 2013, 4:19 pm
The 1971-1972 Los Angeles Lakers had the dream team of the day as Hall of Famers Gail Goodrich, Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West graced a championship roster. They not only won the NBA title that year but also set the NBA record for most consecutive wins with 33 straight.
The Miami Heat have won 23 straight and are right around the corner from making history. Former NBA player and coach Jim Cleamons was a rookie on that Lakers squad. He joined John Canzano on The Bald Faced Truth to give perspective on the accomplishment.
The expectations of the Los Angeles Lakers every season is to win an NBA championship. The pressure rises when a winning streak is started and the fans want the team to break records along the way to winning a title.
"Up until then time we won the 33 I wanna say the longest win streak was something like 18 or 19 and because of that everything after we had the record was just gravy," Jim Cleamons said in regards to breaking the record.
It's truly "March Madness" as the NBA gets into playoff mode with all eyes on the Miami Heat as they try to break the Lakers record of 33 consecutive wins. Also the NCAA Tournament is getting ready to kick into high gear.
Jim talked with John Canzano about playing for Ohio State in college basketball and having the opportunity to play in the big dance.
"The NCAA brings out the best in competitiveness in college basketball", Jim said about the NCAA Tournament. "These young men and women they have a opportunity to compete at this level whether it be NAIA, D2 or D1 these kids are getting an experience that will last them a lifetime."
Jim also spoke with John about his experience coaching basketball in China and the cultural differences.
Click on the link below to listen to the complete interview with Jim Cleamons.