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June 7, 1989 | CHRIS BAKER, Times Staff Writer
Laker forward James Worthy launched a baseline jumper a minute into the opening game of the NBA Finals against the Detroit Pistons. It was an airball, and an indication of what lay ahead for Worthy. Worthy missed his first five field-goal attempts before he finally sank a shot with 3 1/2 minutes remaining in the first period. "Anytime James Worthy misses his first five shots you know it's going to be a long night," said Laker Mychal Thompson. And it was a very long night for the Lakers.
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December 23, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Mychal Thompson may not need the map that he says shows where his two Lakers championship rings are buried in the Bahamas, if such a map really exists. This is a man who remembered, without prompting, the correct time and date of his first game with his beloved team: Sunday afternoon, Feb. 15, 1987, at the Forum against the hated Boston Celtics. Thompson helped the Lakers to a three-point victory, telling reporters afterward that they were dancing on the beaches of his native Bahamas in celebration.
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May 10, 1989 | SAM McMANIS, Times Staff Writer
You tend to think of James Worthy strictly in an offensive context. Those swooping dunks, arching jump shots and spins to the basket are marked in memory. Worthy as a defensive specialist, though, takes some getting used to. It is a relatively new concept, seen mostly in the National Basketball Assn. playoffs the last few seasons. Always counted on to be a scorer, Worthy also now is serving as the Laker assigned to defend against the opponent's top shooting guard. In the first-round playoff sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers, the Laker forward kept high-scoring guard Clyde Drexler from dominating.
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December 5, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95 on Thursday. As news spread, members of the NBA community and Lakers organization shared their thoughts. Thankful to @NelsonMandela for having shown us so much wisdom and leadership. His legacy and example will always stay with us. RIP #Madiba - Pau Gasol (@paugasol) December 5, 2013 The world has lost a great man in Nelson Mandela today - Ryan Kelly (@RyanKelly34) December 5, 2013 Thank you Mr. Mandela for teaching us how to be strong thru trials & tribulations...& how to be compassionate & forgiving.
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September 12, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
As usual, "Big Game" James Worthy will be analyzing plenty of big games this season. He'll just be doing it somewhere new starting next month. Time Warner Cable announced Wednesday that the former Lakers great will join its coverage team as the main studio analyst for Lakers games. Chris McGee will serve as a studio anchor, Dave Miller will work as a studio analyst, commentator and reporter, and Mike Trudell will be the sideline reporter for all Lakers telecasts that are moving to Time Warner this season for the first time.
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December 4, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Nick Young has a unique personality, starting with his nickname "Swaggy P. " Time Warner Cable SportsNet analysts, and former Lakers champions, James Worthy and Byron Scott have Young's speech pattern down cold. In a clip put together on the TWC website , Worthy and Scott both nail Young impersonations. "I'm gonna come and do what Swaggy P do, I'm gonna score the ball," jokes Scott. Young has been a steady player for the Lakers through 18 games, averaging 14.2 points on 44.1% shooting from the field.
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July 16, 2012 | By Mark Medina
*We will have a live chat today at 2 p.m. The uncertainty continues, so you know we're talking about Dwight Howard. He's still the Orlando Magic's center, but that title could be in name only. Howard wants to relocate, but his top choice, the Brooklyn Nets, appears unrealistic after they made moves (adding Joe Johnson, re-signing Deron Williams and Brook Lopez) that took up plenty of cap space. The Houston Rockets are clearing the deck to make room for Howard. And who knows?
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July 12, 1992 | SUSAN PATERNO
Lakers basketball star James Worthy "came from nothing to something," he said. "Now I want to give back." Long before the Los Angeles riots made people more aware of the needs of inner-city youth, Worthy began planning a basketball clinic at Compton Community College for children ages 8 to 16 "to try to reach these kids, to point them in the right direction," he said.
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September 13, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
Dwight Howard lost a lot of fans as he oscillated between NBA teams during the off-season. Among them, count Laker great James Worthy. "I wasn't a fan of Dwight Howard," Worthy said during a conference call Thursday morning to announce his new role as main studio analyst for Lakers games on Time Warner Cable SportsNet.  Worthy said that he likes players who put their head down and do their job. He lamented that with Howard, "there was...
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September 24, 2012 | By Mark Medina
With Lakers training camp only eight days away, I talked with former Laker James Worthy for insight into this year's team. Worthy is also an analyst with Time Warner Cable SportsNet.  You mentioned the other day that the Lakers "look really good on paper. " So does a counterfeit $100 bill until you try to spend it. Is there anything specific that leaves you tentative about this year's team? There's nothing in particular that leaves me tentative. It's just from my experience, it's there anytime you bring in new aspects of the team.
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December 5, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant seems indirectly to be directing programming for NBA TV. With the (now defunct) possibility that Bryant might return Friday in Sacramento from his Achilles' tendon injury, the Lakers-Kings game  was added Wednesday  to NBA TV's national broadcast. KOBE QUIZ: Do you really know the 'Black Mamba'? Now that Bryant will stay in Los Angeles, attention turns to Sunday when the Lakers host the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center. Predictably, the league announced Thursday that it's dropping the just-added Kings game from the national broadcast -- instead, the Lakers-Raptors game will now be aired on NBA TV. Bryant hasn't played since April but is near a return -- certainly a national story.
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December 4, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant is close to a return from his Achilles' tear, but Friday in Sacramento against the Kings may have to wait. Bryant has ruled out playing against the Kings, according to multiple reports, including by ESPNLosAngeles.com and CNN. KOBE QUIZ: Do you really know the 'Black Mamba'? Speaking at a Nike event Wednesday in Los Angeles, Bryant reportedly indicated that playing Sunday at Staples Center against the Toronto Raptors remains a possibility. Bryant was injured April 12 in a win over the Golden State Warriors.
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December 4, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Nick Young has a unique personality, starting with his nickname "Swaggy P. " Time Warner Cable SportsNet analysts, and former Lakers champions, James Worthy and Byron Scott have Young's speech pattern down cold. In a clip put together on the TWC website , Worthy and Scott both nail Young impersonations. "I'm gonna come and do what Swaggy P do, I'm gonna score the ball," jokes Scott. Young has been a steady player for the Lakers through 18 games, averaging 14.2 points on 44.1% shooting from the field.
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November 24, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers lost Dwight Howard , but then their free-throw shooting improved drastically. Actually, no. They were 28th in the NBA in free-throw accuracy as of last week, almost as bad as last season despite no longer employing the charity-stripe-challenged Howard. But then came a three-game winning streak, hand in hand with better free-throw shooting. Did one cause the other? Probably not. A contributing factor at best. But the Lakers will take it, their margin of error so small and their free-throw percentage looking so bleak a few games ago. They made 12 of 15 from the line Sunday against Sacramento in a 100-86 victory, 13 of 17 against Golden State and all 10 from the line against Detroit.
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September 27, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Kobe Bryant spent the eve of Lakers media day coaching a celebrity basketball team in Dubai, which may not be as bizarre as it seems given his NBA team is roughly half a world away from where it usually is this time of year. Expectations haven't been this low since the Lakers had a point guard named Smush. If the Lakers put their hands together and broke huddles by chanting "Championship" last season, what's the phrase going to be the next seven months? "Eighth seed?" Dwight Howard is gone, Bryant may never be the same once he returns from a torn Achilles' tendon, and the mishmash of players who will carry the team in his absence has arrived at what feels like NBA purgatory.
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August 7, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Adieu, Shabazz. Minnesota Timberwolves guard Shabazz Muhammad has been sent home from the NBA's Rookie Transition Program, USA Today reported. The former UCLA player's big crime was bringing a female guest into his hotel room. So did he get sent home or merely graduate from the program? The four-day program held in New Jersey helps rookies transition into the league. A woman in a hotel room would seem to have Muhammad making that transition well, judging by the league's history.
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November 20, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Los Angeles Lakers forward James Worthy pleaded not guilty to two counts of soliciting prostitution at his arraignment today. A Harris County Court-at-Law judge set a trial date of Jan. 28 for Worthy, arrested Thursday before a game against the Houston Rockets and charged with soliciting sex from Houston Police Department undercover officers.
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October 28, 1987 | Associated Press
A.C. Green and Byron Scott scored 20 points each Tuesday night as the Lakers overpowered the New Jersey Nets, 129-106, in a National Basketball Assn. exhibition game played before a capacity crowd of 15,626 at Memorial Gymnasium on the campus of Vanderbilt University. Seven players scored in double figures as the defending NBA champion Lakers raised their preseason record to 5-0. They are the only team with a perfect record in the preseason. The Nets fell to 1-4.
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June 22, 2013 | Ben Bolch
Two down, six to go! Miami's Big Three aren't even a third of the way to fulfilling the championship pledge LeBron James made on that sorry summer day in 2010 when he sat on a stage inside AmericanAirlines Arena and said, "Not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven. " If you watch the YouTube replay of that regrettable moment, Heat President Pat Riley can be seen clasping his hands in front of his seemingly disbelieving face, his eyes slowly blinking. PHOTOS: NBA Finals -- Miami vs. San Antonio Here's the thing: James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh haven't blinked while making three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals, including back-to-back championships.
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June 11, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
James Worthy was a seven-time All-Star for the Lakers, winning three titles (1985, 1987 and 1988). On Wednesday, longtime Lakers photographer Andy Bernstein sits down with Worthy for an episode of "Through the Lens" on Time Warner Cable SportsNet. The two discuss their top-10 favorite photos of Worthy, looking back at Lakers history through the years. The 6-foot-9 forward was a vital part of the Lakers' "Showtime" era, joining the team in 1982 as the first pick in the draft.
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