As a North Carolina resident/native and Los Angeles Lakers fan, I would be wrong to let James Worthy's birthday pass without mention...
We know James' pedigree...
- NCAA Champion at the University of North Carolina.
- 3-time NBA Champion with the Lakers
- 1-time NBA Finals MVP
As the top-name role player on the Showtime Lakers, we can argue until we're blue in the face that he rode Jordan into the NBA from Carolina, then Magic and Kareem to the NBA hall of fame.
I do not subscribe to that line of thinking, if only for the consistency with which James played, even if he always was an "assistant pimp."
Career averages of 17.6pts, 5.5 rebounds and 3 assists on a team that features top scoring (Kareem) and assists (Magic) talents suggests that something was very right with his game to me.
Anyway... I do enough basketball talk over on Reading & Writing is for Dumb People, so let us stop short of taking this post there... Instead, let's bid James Worthy the happy birthday he deserves.