James Worthy Rumors
James Worthy sees some Magic Johnson-like traits in Lonzo Ball and believes his old Showtime point guard will be able to “deliver” some star reinforcements in free agency this summer. Before the season started, Johnson, the Los Angeles Lakers’ president of basketball operations, said he can envision Ball and Brandon Ingram running the floor like Johnson and Worthy did during their Showtime days. Johnson set an extremely high bar for the past two No. 2 overall picks respectively. “Big shoes to fill,” said Worthy, currently a Lakers analyst for Spectrum SportsNet. “But I think I totally get conceptually where Magic was coming from and the style of play that Luke [Walton] is promoting, the fast-paced game. Lonzo Ball, for sure, presents some of the talents that Magic had. Not as tall, but he is 6-6 and has the IQ, has a vision like no other. “As soon as players get used to the way he passes and they get some really good shooters around him, I think people will really appreciate him. And they already have appreciated what he brings to the table, a very unselfish player.”
19 Dec 17
We got Big Game James at LAX … and asked him what he thought of KD’s recent comments on “The Bill Simmons Podcast” — where Durant said he’d take Worthy’s starting spot next to Magic Johnson and co. if he could play for any historical team. “I think that’s ludicrous,” the Hall of Famer told TMZ Sports. “I don’t know how he came to that conclusion, but I disagree.”
James Worthy on Lonzo Ball — “He enhances everybody on the court. We haven’t had someone with that type of talent really since Magic.” “Big Game James” just dished out some serious praise to Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball — telling TMZ Sports he’s REALLY excited about the kid … and gave him one of the best compliments ever.
On a podcast with Hoops Hype’s Alex Kennedy, Nance explained the goals set for him for next season: “They really want me to stretch the floor next year, so that’s what I’m working on all summer, is the three-point jump shot. Especially now that we drafted Lonzo, they want me filling that James Worthy role. You know, sprinting up the sideline, being athletic, playing on the wing, and hopefully adding some more posters to my resume.”