When you read stuff like that, its cool. Guys like Mercury Morris, when you read stuff like that, its crazy.
West, meanwhile, has been effusive in his praise of James and the Heat.
You look at how they play together, West said Thursday on a conference call arranged by the Golden State Warriors, who employ him as a consultant.
Miami has the best player in the game. He makes it so much easier for those guys. Hes amazing. Im thrilled for him because of all the negative things said about him as a player. Hes proved what kind of a player he is and more importantly what kind of a person he is.
So how would West envision the streak ending?
It may not end, he said. Some nights you cant make a shot and it becomes contagious. The one thing theyve got going for them is defensively. They can really get after you, because of Wade and particularly LeBron. Theyre ball-hawking. When you turn the ball over against them, its going to be a layup. Its not going to be a jump shot.
Those two guys in the open court, you can forget it. Theyre going to score or get to the free-throw line. Its going to take a combination of a team shooting the ball well that also has the capability to defend to beat them. And also a poor shooting night on Miamis part.
West said he never thought the Lakers 33-game streak was untouchable.
This is what makes sports so intriguing, he said. Joe DiMaggios 56-game hitting streak. The Dolphins [going] undefeated. A lot of people dont think those things are possible but they are possible.
Particularly in basketball, if you get a really unique team. Miami has a really unique team. Theyve got great three-point shooting and theyre never out of a game because of that. And they have the best player in the game. I never thought this streak would live forever.
Wests Lakers team which also featured Wilt Chamberlain, among others won by an average margin of 16 points during its streak, well above the Heats 11.0-point margin of victory.
Our games werent close, West said of a team that finished 69-13 and went on to win the championship. Theyve played some closer games.
During the streak, those Lakers won four sets of games on three consecutive nights. Aside from last years lockout-shortened season, the NBA no longer schedules games on three consecutive nights.
Also, West said NBA travel now which includes chartered flights after games gives teams a tremendous advantage over his Lakers.
West isnt convinced the Heats competition is better than what the Lakers faced 40 years ago.
I see a lot of players in the league today that I dont think are very good, he said. And he said Miami wouldnt have had an answer to stop Chamberlain in the post.
Even with the Heat just eight short of 33 in a row, James insisted after Fridays game that it is not a goal and it has never been a goal of mine to break the record.
We dont get caught up and say, OK, eight games until we get it. We just play our next game and we see what happens.