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Ranking 2012-13 Miami Heat Among Pat Riley's Super Teams
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If there's one person not impressed by the streaking Miami Heat, it's team president Pat Riley.

Then again there's not much of anything that the basketball life hasn't seen in his career. He's won championship rings as a player, an assistant coach, a head coach and an executive.

So even the 26-and-counting straight wins seen by his team is nothing new. Riley played for the team that the Heat are chasing in the history books, the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers  whose 33-game winning streak had gone largely unchallenged for 40 years.

Whatever Riley lacks in amazement, he's not missing in appreciation. He's one of the few people who know firsthand just how difficult this stretch has been for the players.

He also knows the unique struggles of building a championship club. He's never had trouble surrounding himself with elite-level talent on his NBA stops, but that hasn't always guaranteed him success.

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