Tag: James Worthy

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What four guys would Jordan choose for a pickup game? Pippen, Magic, Worthy, Olajuwon


Fairly safe to say Michael Jordan in his prime could have selected me, Seth Rogen, Sammy Hagar and Dave Navarro and we would win virtually every game and stay on the court.

But when the folks at NBA 2K asked him (as they promote the 2K14 Next Gen features) he went a different direction. The four he picks to hold the court: Scottie Pippen, Magic Johnson, James Worthy and Hakeem Olajuwon. That group is pretty good, too.

Remember that Pippen, Magic and MJ were part of the Dream Team in Barcelona that won the gold. I totally get the Olajuwon pick too — he can post guys up and run the floor, defend, basically do everything well. He is arguably the most well-rounded big of all time.

Worthy? That’s a North Carolina nod. Remember they were teammates in college who won the 1982 national title together.

Video: Trailer for new new James Worthy documentary

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If James Worthy were on just about any other team in NBA history, he would be looked back on as one of the, if not the, greatest player in the franchise’s history.

But he ended up on the Showtime Lakers, where he was sometimes option No. 3. But watch these highlights and remember how special he was — there may never have been a quicker spin move out of the post. He was one of the best transition finishers you’ll ever see (and that was a good team to be a transition finisher on). He had an amazing career.

Check out the trailer for the upcoming Big Game James documentary coming to NBA TV next Monday. Then watch the show. It’s not like you’ve got some other hoops to watch anytime soon. (Hat tip to SLAM)

Legendary Game 7s: In 1988, Worthy was worthy

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In the 1998 NBA finals, the Lakers were down 3-2 coming home and needing to take two to get the title. That sounds oddly familiar….

In Game 7, “Big Game” James Worthy lived up to his nickname with a triple double, and the Lakers got their back-to-back rings Pat Riley had promised everyone.