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James Ager Worthy (born February 27, 1961 in Gastonia, North Carolina), is a former college and professional basketball player, who was enshrined in 2003 into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

 

Motto:

Stop Complaining About What You Don’t Have and Start Using What You Do Have

Named as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, "Big Game James" was a seven time NBA All-Star and three time NBA champion. A standout for the North Carolina Tar Heels, the 6 ft 9 inch small forward was the MOP of the 1982 NCAA Tournament and the #1 pick of the 1982 NBA Draft.

 

James Worthy defines the term “most valuable player” – not just in his career as a superstar athlete but as an entrepreneur, sports broadcast analyst, and commercial spokesman.

 

“I can remember coming into the league and being under the likes of Kareem, Jamaal Wilkes, Magic, Norm Nixon and Bob McAdoo,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “Now I find myself in that situation. Guys are telling me how they were in junior high, watching us beat the Celtics in ’85. I can’t be that old.”

 

Worthy will always be remembered for his breathtaking athletic skills — the blinding speed, the smooth, effortless glides to the hoop, the one-handed tomahawk jams. And he will be recalled as the ultimate clutch player — his career postseason field goal percentage of .544 ranks among the top 10 on the NBA’s all-time playoff list.

 

Topping a long list of noteworthy statistics:

 


  • Seven-time NBA All Star

  • Member of three NBA Championship teams NBA Finals

  • NBA Finals Most Valuable Player; 1988

  • Rated by NBA, one of the 50 all-time best pro players

  • College Player of the Year; 1982

  • MVP OF NCAA Championships; 1982

  • Gaston Gazette “2010 Person of the Year”

  • North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame; 1997 – other alumni, Michael Jordon,
    Bobby Jones, and Bob McAdoo

  • Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame – other alumni, Denzel Washington, General
    Wesley Clark, and Shaquille O’Neal

  • North Carolina Order of the Longleaf Pineother alumni, Maya Angelou,
    Rev William Franklin "Billy" Graham, Jr., and Coretta Scott King.

 

 

 

 Notable Quotes:


Magic would recall that the way Worthy handled himself that first year showed immediately that he had the brains to go along with his physical gifts.

 

“Even though he was the No. 1 pick in the draft, he had made up his own mind that he was gonna learn from Wilkes, and he accepted his role,” Johnson told the Los Angeles Daily News after Worthy retired. “That told me he was a team player, and a winner too. Most rookies would be complaining and griping, but he never did that.”


“I can remember coming into the league and being under the likes of Kareem, Jamaal Wilkes, Magic, Norm Nixon and Bob McAdoo,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “Now I find myself in that situation. Guys are telling me how they were in junior high, watching us beat the Celtics in ’85. I can’t be that old.”


“I don’t think there has been or will be a better small forward than James, and I don’t think people appreciated that,” said his coach, Pat Riley, to the Los Angeles Daily News upon Worthy’s retirement. “He was always such a quiet guy. But when he was in his prime, I can guarantee you, there wasn’t anybody who could touch him.”