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James Worthy        

Retired Basketball Player, Finals MVP in 1988

James Worthy is a professional basketball coach and former player, commentator, television host, and analyst. He serves as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, "Big Game James" was a seven-time NBA All-Star, three-time NBA champion and the 1988 NBA Finals MVP. A standout at the University of North Carolina, the 6 ft 9 in. small forward shared College Player of the Year honors en route to leading the Tar Heels to the 1982 NCAA Championship. Named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, he was No. 1 pick of the 1982 NBA draft of the reigning NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers.

During his twelve years with the Lakers, Worthy averaged 17.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and three assists per game, and spearheaded the Lakers to championships in 1985, 1987 and 1988.

After his retirement in 1994, Worthy became a studio analyst for Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes and co-host of Access SportsNet, the networks' pregame and postgame show for Lakers game telecasts on in Los Angeles; he also served as an NBA analyst for KCBS-TV in Los Angeles.

In 2003 he was named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and in 2006 he was named to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

From 2015-2016, Worthy served as a assistant coach for the Lakers in the player development section.


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