HoopsHype James Worthy rumors

April 16, 2014 Updates

James Worthy calls it like he sees it -- which is why he didn't pull punches when describing the Lakers disaster of a season -- "It was quite the debacle this year." But there could be more bad news for the Lake Show, 'cause when Big Game James was leaving LAX last night he explained why he thinks the chances of Swaggy P returning to the squad are slim to none. TMZ.com

March 5, 2014 Updates

Janis Carr: Worthy: "Thats the big elephant in the room right there." He was referring to defense. "It was some ugly, ugly defense out there." Twitter @janiscarr

January 13, 2014 Updates

TMZ asked Worthy about the possibility of Bynum returning to the Lakers, a team he played for from 2005-12. "It's possible, but it's hard to say," said Worthy, now an NBA commentator. "He hasn't really shown a lot of progress so it'd be a difficult move to make. He hasn't proven that he's willing to do what it takes to be a professional at this level. "I think he'll make it again, but he is going to have to really work at being a professional . . . mature a little bit." Philadelphia Inquirer

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Once the Los Angeles Lakers sealed the deal against the Houston Rockets with Steve Blake hitting a game-winning three over Dwight Howard, the Time Warner Cable broadcast headed back to the studio with Lakers legend James Worthy having choice words for the superstar center. Worthy has been one of Dwight’s biggest critics ever since he started struggling with the Lakers last season. Worthy didn’t hold back immediately after the game saying, “stop crying,” when the camera caught Howard complaining to Jeremy Lin right after the Rockets loss. Lakers Nation

November 3, 2013 Updates

I knew Sharman for nearly four decades and I never heard anyone say anything negative about the former Celtic great. In fact, his last sign of generosity, along with wife Joyce, was to set up a raffle of his 2010 Lakers championship ring to benefit various charities, such as: Toberman Neighborhood Center, Angel's Nest, Public Counsel, James Worthy Foundation, Lakers Youth Foundation, Providence TrinityCare Hospice Foundation, West Coast Sports Medicine Foundation and Xcel University. Click here for more information. FoxSportsWest.com

Worthy: "He was a very kind, helpful and generous man and even today it's hard to believe all his accomplishments. It's mind-boggling what this man did, not only in the game of basketball but in life as well. "And while Bill was one of the humblest men you'll ever meet, he was also tough. You don't have as much success as he did without being tough as nails. And he was so smart. I could go into his office just to say hello and I'd come out later with an education in life. He'd talk to me about finances, my personal life and just about anything else, and I always learned something from Bill. FoxSportsWest.com

October 16, 2013 Updates

Worthy played on the Lakers’ 1990-91 team that traveled to Paris for the NBA’s McDonald’s Open, a pair of back-to-back exhibition games against Limoges CSP of France and Joventut Badalone of Spain, but the trip went beyond just competing on the hardwood. The Lakers also snuck in visits to various landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, the Notre Dame cathedral and Moulin Rouge. “In training camp, you need to be really focused and you don’t need to be going to the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa,” Worthy said following the Lakers’ 100-95 preseason loss Tuesday to Golden State at Time Warner Cable SportsNet’s studios in El Segundo. “You don’t need all those distractions. It was a tough trip getting there.” Redlands Daily Facts

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What about the Miami Heat? James Worthy: I would have to say Miami still has a little edge simply because they won last year. It will be so much easier for them to win again because they know how to do it. With them adding Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis, they have tremendous scorers and three-point shooters off the bench. Then they also have the greatest player in the game with LeBron James. I give them the edge because they're defending champions. Los Angeles Times

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The Times' Mike Bresnahan, among others, has reported the Lakers are part of this pursuit too, showing some openness toward acquiring Jason Richardson's contract if it results in Superman coming to L.A. But one prominent former Laker, "Big Game" James Worthy, argues that the Purple and Gold shouldn't waste their time. "I like Andrew Bynum," Worthy said recently at an appearance at Bell Gardens Intermediate School, sponsored by After School All-Stars Los Angeles and Metro PCS. "He's young and just as good as Dwight right now. He's getting better. Dwight ... to me, he's too much gab and too much talking. I'm old school. I want to see something done on the floor. He does all this media stuff, flip-flopping. You don't get respect from veteran players when you do that kind of stuff. They just want you to play. They want to see what you can do out there." Los Angeles Times

July 10, 2012 Updates

I spoke with McCallum about the book, his experiences covering the Dream Team for Sports Illustrated, and some of the greatest basketball players who ever lived: ROB MAHONEY: Isiah Thomas’ non-selection still strikes a chord with so many people and so many basketball fans – it’s kind of amazing how linked he is with the Dream Team lore despite not actually being on the team. What is it about that dimension of this story that makes for such compelling theater? JACK MCCALLUM: Well, one of the factors is that there wasn’t an amazing amount of controversy once [the Dream Team] got together. There weren’t complaints about playing time. There weren’t issues during the games. Chuck Daly did a fantastic job of managing the egos. We are a society — and certainly I’m part of it — that looks for controversy, and this is one of the few things you have to latch on to. The second thing is that Isiah has always been a lightning rod; it doesn’t matter whether he’s in the league or whether he’s out of the league, he’s always been a guy to whom attention has flown. I understand it, because Isiah was a great player. But James Worthy, he was a member of four championship teams or five championship teams, and there was never that [controversy] over him. NBCSports.com

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