James Worthy Rumors
“Erik has done a great job and whatever comes his way will comes his way,” Riley said. “He’s a lot like me. The first time I got my Coach of the Year award I was embarrassed to go and get it because I got it with a team behind me of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy, etc. That residual reward will come to [Spoelstra]. The ones that he has that are more important to him are the ones that he’s wearing on his fingers.”
“(Dr. Buss) kind of opened up his entire business playbook to Magic, kind of took him in and was a son,” Worthy said. “My memories of Magic were of him always coming down from the front office before practice, having talked to (then Lakers executive) Bill Sharman, having talked to (longtime general manager) Jerry West, sometimes (play-by-play man) Chick Hearn. So he’s always been engaged, and he’s been a natural leader. He knows a lot of agents, knows a lot of players. Players will be interested in his business empire. There’s a lot of things that he brings to the table. He’s a very powerful asset in the room.”
Johnson on today’s NBA game vs. when he played: “First of all, when I played, it was inside-out, so you pound the ball inside to probably the most dominant player we’ve ever seen in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and then we pounded it to James Worthy, one of the greatest small forwards that’s ever played. And then if [those] two were busy or didn’t want to shoot, then I would go into the post and do my thing. So it was definitely driven by banging the ball down inside. Now, it’s the 3-point line. All the emphasis, even on the fast break — we’re seeing a lot of teams that would much rather shoot the three than shoot the two. What we’re trying to do, because it’s not just me, I want to make sure that Luke is involved because he has to coach these guys and also what type of offense he’s going to run, those guys have to fit into that offense. What we’re trying to do is make sure that guys want to win. They love to compete and they’re going to love being a Laker. We want guys who want to play for the Lakers, want to play in this town, understand what it means to play for the Laker organization.”
The NBA will conclude Fit Week 2017 on Thursday, Jan. 26 in Los Angeles with its second annual Total Health Forum, the league announced today. The forum, hosted alongside Kaiser Permanente, will feature NBA commissioner Adam Silver, Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul, Hall of Famer Jerry West, two-time WNBA champion Sue Bird, NBA legends Rick Fox and James Worthy, among others, and will be emceed by ESPN’s Rachel Nichols.
Abdul-Jabbar on how centers should play today: “When you can post up and shoot 3-pointers, you have that versatility that enables you to win games. I remember playing with teammates like James Worthy who had that type of versatility, could shoot and jump shoot and post up. I think that a little something is being lost there as we go away from a lot of post-up moves. But post-up players take high-percentage shots, high-percentage shots win games. You saw what happened to Golden State when they stopped making the 3-pointers. They lost three games in a row and lost the world championship. So the 3-pointer isn’t the answer to everything.”