James Worthy Rumors

James Worthy, the former Lakers great who now covers the team as a Time Warner Cable SportsNet studio analyst, said he expected Bryant to make the changes necessary to remain one of the game’s top players. “I still think Kobe has a very dominant game left in him,” Worthy said. “It may not be above the rim as we remember it, but he’ll get into the savvy game of the bump and fadeaway or the post-up game. He’ll become more of an assist guy, more of a guy who throws [out of] a double team.”
“We tried to convey to him, the city of Los Angeles, what it brings to elite athletes, and what we could do to support him,” Worthy said of the meeting, during which the Lakers reportedly offered Melo a four-year, $95 million contract. “I told Carmelo, I said, I wish your wife were here because she’s more popular than you in Los Angeles. We’re trying to recruit her, because if you can get LaLa, Carmelo has no say-so. So, we’re trying to get her to Hollywood. Hollywood is right here. She can do whatever she wants,” Worthy told SLAM.
If you were Mitch or Jim or the person responsible for hiring the next head coach of the Lakers, who would that be? James Worthy: “It’s funny, with so many players coming out of high school and one year of college, you’re starting to see teams wanting college coaches and stuff like that, but right off the top of my head: I played with Byron Scott, so I know what he brings to the table. I know that he holds people accountable and he’s a defensive kind of genius when it comes to that. I like Nate McMillan. Nate McMillan spent some time with Coach K [Mike Krzyzewski] in USA/international basketball. I think he knows all the players that were on the team. He has a good rapport. But, I got to go with my good friend Byron Scott, if it was up to me.”
Hall of Famer James Worthy will represent the Lakers at the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery. Selected by the Lakers with the first overall pick in the 1982, Worthy went on to play 12 seasons in Los Angeles, winning titles in 1985, 1987 and 1988. He was named Most Valuable Player of the 1988 Finals while averaging 22 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists against the Detroit Pistons and earning the nick name “Big Game James.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”