“Kareem was a great player his entire career, even after setting the record," said Pat Riley, his coach with the Lakers and now the president of the Miami Heat. “The record didn't change anything for him."
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When Abdul-Jabbar broke the record, Riley said Magic Johnson — then the Lakers’ point guard — made sure he was the one who got the assist on the play.
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