James Worthy Rumors
“It’s hard to say Kobe wasn’t the greatest one,” West told USA TODAY Sports. “But you can’t discard Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. You can’t discard Elgin Baylor. You can’t discard Shaquille O’Neal. You can’t discard Earvin Johnson.” You can’t discard Johnson, who set franchise records for most triple doubles (138), most assists in a game (24) and empowered two Hall of Famers (Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy) and countless role players for nearly a decade. “He was an incredible leader and he made people play as a team because of his unselfishness and incredible feel for the game,” West said. “When I watched him, I used to say to myself, ‘Here is a player that everyone would like to play with because of his ability to lead and to bring players along with him.’”
Justin Kubatko: LeBron James has recorded at least 25 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in a title-clinching win three times. No other player in NBA history has done so more than once: Larry Bird (1986 G6); James Worthy (1988 G7); James (2012 G5); James (2016 G7); James (2020 G6).
They had just defeated their bitter rival, the Boston Celtics, in 1987 for the title when Riley stepped to podium during the celebration and said, “And I’m guaranteeing everybody here, next year we’re going to win it again.” Riley, in his California cool style with shades on, turned and smiled at the stunned Lakers sitting behind him. “We’re all going like, ‘What the f—? We can’t even enjoy this one?’” Scott recalled, laughing again. “But it got us going. The next week, I was like, ‘I’ve got to start getting ready now!’ Instead of taking two or three weeks off like I normally do, I had to get ready now because he guaranteed it and we got to be ready. I went on the track and I saw Magic out there. I saw A.C. [Green] out there. James [Worthy] out there.”
Ira Winderman: Among “virtual fans” expected for tonight’s Heat-Lakers: Bill Walton, Clyde Drexler, Dirk Nowitzki, Dwyane Wade, Isiah Thomas, James Worthy, Julius Erving, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Manu Ginobili, Pau Gasol, Ray Allen, Robert Horry, Robert Parish, Shaquille O’Neal, Chauncey Billups, Paul Pierce
Justin Kubatko: LeBron James is just the second player in NBA postseason history to record at least 35 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists in a series-clinching win. The first player to do so was another Laker, James Worthy (June 21, 1988).
An offshoot of the longstanding voter registration organization Rock The Vote, Hoopers Vote took part in this week’s National Voter Registration Week by having ambassadors from the NBA and WNBA communities, including media that cover the league, publicly push people to make sure they’re registered to vote on multiple social media sites beginning on Thursday. A new website, hoopersvote.org, links to Rock The Vote and its various initiatives. Emmy Award-winning actress and producer Kerry Washington is taking part in the campaign. Current NBA players including Jackson, Duncan Robinson, Collin Sexton and Langston Galloway are taking part; WNBA stars Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart, Nneka Ogwumike, Elena Delle Donne and Renee Montgomery are on board, along with Hall of Famers Lisa Leslie and Rebecca Lobo. NBA Hall of Famers taking part include James Worthy and Alex English, along with media members such as Kenny Smith and Steve Smith of Turner Sports and Jalen Rose of ESPN. Warriors assistant coach Jarron Collins and his twin brother Jason, the former NBA big man, are also ambassadors.