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Lakers News: James Worthy Receives Great Sports Legend Award

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James Worthy is a seven time NBA All-Star, three time NBA Champion, the 1988 NBA Finals MVP, and was named one of the 50 greatest players of all-time. Last night, Worthy was one of many athletes honored by the Buoniconti Fund as he received the Great Sports Legend Award.

Other recipients of the Great Sports Legend Award last night included former Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, golfer Nick Faldo, former New York Yankee Dave Winfield, and former Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Terry Bradshaw.

Worthy is often forgotten amongst the greatest to play the game because he took a backseat to Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, but Worthy was a downright superstar in his own right. Had he been placed on a lesser team Worthy could have easily averaged 25-30 points per game, but he wanted to win. Even in a lesser role, Big Game James always stepped up when it mattered most, as his 1988 NBA Finals performance showed.

The event benefitted the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis and raises funds to support the ground-breaking spinal cord injury research done by researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. The event has raised almost $93 million since 1985.

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  • The Rock

    The Rock says,Big Game James Worthy is one of my favorites ever.

    • Paytc

      The Rock,

      Yeah Worthy,Magic,and Kareem….. Showtime
      It gets no better than that! It’s time to bring a little showtime back just for ole time sakes.

      They know how we do it out here….. congrats to Worthy!

      • The Rock

        Truth be told the first poster i ever had hanging up in my room was of James Worthy.He was my idol as a kid growing up and he actually was classy enough to be a role model to me and he kept me on a straight and narrow path while others were fucking up in life.Thanks to Big Game James Worthy i am the man that i am today.#HOF

        • Paytc

          That’s real ! That era did so much for the game. I was kind of a Laker fan before, but during and ever since I’ve been hooked. Worthy and his bank shots,finger rolls,outside jumpers….Who could defend him? Magic to Worhty was pure genius. That showtime team lifted the NBA to heights unseen.

          They tried to support MJ the best they could so the league would’nt fall off with the sudden unfortunate retirement of Magic. MJ did a good job,and Kobe has too. But That day and time was just full of so much excitement.

          • The Rock

            True story no BS James Worthy was considered a better player at North Carolina than guess who Michael Jordan.One other thing Michael Jordan looked up to James Worthy since Worthy was older and going pro way earlier than Michael Jordan.James Worthy was drafted number 1.It’s all so fun oh the memories.If i could pick 5 things about James Worthy that i love they would be Goggles,Speed,Slam Dunk,Baseline Jumper,Best at filling the lane on a fast break and great finisher.James was special and one of a kind.True legend.

          • Paytc

            Yeah Worthy was so clutch …

            You got me wanting to youtube search some highlights, bringing up your 5 things about James Worthy. It would be similar to playing some old records. Nostalgia ! I do remember Worthy and MJ at North Carolina. Yes Worthy was probably a better college player than MJ. Actually MJ left college I think after his second year and was a bit green upon entering the NBA. I remember Jordan had to work hard to improve his poor shooting from his outside jumper to foul shots. But MJ was willing to put the work in to improve that was how it was done back in the day.

            Worthy was under appreciated . But he was then,and is still today loved by many. Thanks for sharing some memories with me.

  • Daryl Peek

    Swaggy P. pulling Chris Bosh LOL

  • vdogg

    well done, big game! keep up the good work… loved watching you play and love you now on access sportsnet.

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    Well done Big Games James!!!

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    What I love about the man is that damn glasses…. lol… he and Kurt and Kareem were awesome on those glasses… that’s the reason we won… lol

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