James Worthy Rumors
Lakers legend James Worthy shared his thoughts on the game, saying Darvin Ham’s team played better than in the season opening loss against the Warriors, “Second game of the year. Once again, you run into a team that pretty much has good chemistry, the Clippers picking up kind of where they left off last year. But I thought the Lakers played a better game than they did in game one,” Worthy said on Spectrum SportsNet. “I thought defensively being able to come back from 16, making that run back, I think they put a cut in that lead twice to make the game realistically able to win. But the inability to execute when you need shots – there’s couple of times where they made stops, the one time when Westbrook came out and shot a quick three, another time maybe turned it over – they showed moments but they just couldn’t capitalize on it.”
With the Celtics now three wins from No. 18, the rhetoric is likely about to get ramped up again. And, notably, the trash talk. “It always means everything when you’re going up against the Lakers,” says Cedric Maxwell, who won two titles in Boston, including MVP of the 1981 Finals, and is known for tossing barbs at Laker great James Worthy both in the media and in private. “They’re supposedly tied with us,” he said. “People say they’re the standard-bearer of the NBA but the Celtics have been that since the start. And James Worthy, after we win this championship, I want you to smell our ass as we’re going by.”
Basketball Reference: With his 14 points in the 1st quarter tonight, Stephen Curry has passed James Worthy for the 13th most points scored in a career in the NBA Finals (754)
During an interview Wednesday on the Stoney & Jansen Show, Lakers legend and Hall of Famer James Worthy, a three-time NBA champ, was asked what he thinks of today’s game and its heavy reliance on the three. And Worthy said the NBA has been diminished by “the rush of guys not going to college” — or at least not going for more than a year. “I mean, Kareem had four years with John Wooden, Michael Jordan and I had three years with Dean Smith, Isiah (Thomas) had some years with Bobby Knight. So you learned the fundamentals,” Worthy said. “Not only that, you learned how to live. You learned how to balance your freaking checkbook in college, there’s a lot of things. When you don’t get that, guys are coming to the NBA who are not fundamentally sound. All they do is practice threes, lift weights, get tattoos, tweet and go on social media. That’s it.