Pat Riley on Bill Sharman’s Lakers Team that Won 33-Straight

Bill Sharman, a deadeye shooter who teamed with Bob Cousy to give the Boston Celtics a dynamic backcourt, and a very succuessful NBA coach, passed away recently.  Sharman coached the Los Angeles Lakers team that won 69 games and had a 33-game winning streak, which is the longest in pro sports history.  Pat Riley was a substitute on that team. Riley played in 67 games, scored 449 points, and collected 75 assists. Sharman also played baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers, and he was in the dugout when Bobby Thomson hit the “Shot Heard Round the World’ at the Polo Grounds to beat Brooklyn for the ’51 National League pennant.  Sharman, John Wooden, and Lenny Wilkins are the only men who are members of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and coach.

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