James Worthy to Carmelo: Your wife more popular in LA than you are

james-worthy-panelNBA great, legendary James Worthy just recently had his “P740 Worthy” shoe from New Balance re-released, nearly 30 years after he became one of the NBA’s highest-paid stars to have a sneaker contract.

New Balance’s P740 Worthy is being retroed for the first time, and 53-year old Worthy spoke about the deal, and also touched upon some other topics, in particular, Carmelo Anthony.

Worthy said he was fortunate to meet Anthony in LA, last week. Reminding that Anthony has recently resigned with the NY Knicks for the next 5 years.

“I told Carmelo that he’s an elite player, and he has worked hard to get to the point where he deserves this decision, to play for whoever he wants to. I also told him that the timing is everything,” Worthy recalled in an interview with ComplexSneakers.

“He’s at the point where he’s got five, six, seven good years left, and he wants…the timing is right. I conveyed to him that Wilt Chamberlain was a 76er, a great player, could have played anywhere, but he came to Los Angeles for a reason, because Los Angeles has that—it’s a city of champions. The Lakers have a formula of winning,” he noted.

Worthy also mentioned Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who came to Los Angeles from Milwaukee, adding that LA is “great city to win, and the Lakers have that formula.”

“They’re struggling a little bit [right now] because they lost their owner and the family is rebooting the brand,” he said.

Worthy also recalled how he tried to recruit Carmelo…through his wife.

“I also told him his wife is more popular in L.A. than he is. I was joking with him and said ‘listen man I’m here to recruit your wife, because if we can get her, you don’t have any say’,” Worthy recalled.

Worthy went on to add that he hated seeing Anthony in Denver taking all the blame when it’s really not his fault, in New York taking all the blame when it’s really not his fault.

When asked if he could still gear up for a game, Worthy joked about his current physical condition.

“I don’t mean to be offensive, but if it’s wheelchair basketball then you got a shot to get me to play. I’m 53, but my body’s saying 93. I’m just trying to get up and down the steps,” he said.

Worthy added that the Lakers organization have been utilizing him to work with younger generation of players, to better understand history. He added that he hopes to grow into a front-office job, or something related to player personnel.

Worthy, a Hall of Famer and 7-time NBA All-Star, played all of his 12 NBA seasons with LA Lakers, winning 3 championships with the team (in 1985, 1987 and 1988).

Worthy is considered to be among the best forwards in history of the NBA, never averaging below double-figures in scoring during his entire career.

He averaged career-high 21.4 ppg for the team in 1990-91. He played in total of 926 NBA games (starting in 717), averaging 17.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 3.0 apg in 32.4 mpg.


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