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Sounds like Dwight Howard has to win James Worthy over

Sep 13, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard speaks during a press conference at the Lakers practice facility in El Segundo, California Reuters

Lakers legend James Worthy will be the analyst on the Lakers next season, expanding a role he had before as Los Angeles moves into its massive new cable deal on Time Warner Cable SportsNet in Southern California.

But while most Lakers fans were ecstatic at getting Dwight Howard, Worthy said he was not that impressed during a conference call with the media about his new gig Thursday. Quotes via the Los Angeles Times.

“I wasn’t a fan of Dwight Howard,” Worthy said … “there was too much conversation.”

“Who said this, I don’t like this coach. To me, that’s nonsense,” Worthy said. “Your job is to come in and play and deal with the situation that’s there.”

Then there was the whole thing where Howard didn’t want to come to Los Angeles at first and basically had to come around to the idea as other options dried up.

“I was a little bit taken back. I think I heard him say … if the Lakers drafted him, he wouldn’t take it,” Worthy said. “I knew that was gibberish.”

No doubt, Howard handled his exit from Orlando about as poorly as he could have. But this is more than that. This is a generational thing, in the same way Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan piling on LeBron James after the decision was in part generational. Things were very different with the media and NBA coverage when Worthy came out of college.

Plus, Worthy was fortunate, drafted on to a championship team already that had Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, not to mention a strong supporting cast. It’s as cushy a landing spot as a No. 1 overall pick has ever had. He didn’t need to find other guys to team up with to win, he walked right into that situation.

To suggest that players in the past didn’t try to force team building is to ignore reality back to Abdul-Jabbar forcing his way out of Milwaukee and back before that. It happened. It just didn’t get the 24/7 coverage of every detail (thanks to blogs like this one) that Howard’s exit did. Our perceptions of everyone — Magic, Worthy, Jordan — would be different if they were under the current media microscope when they played.

But in the end, Worthy is a company man. The Lakers insist upon it with their broadcasters. So when he takes to the air, expect him to talk about what a great addition Howard is — which certainly is true on the court — and how he can be a part of the Lakers family. This will be about as negative as it gets.

  1. dls612 - Sep 13, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    it is a generational thing! I’m glad worthy made that comment cause thats the one thing the Lakers have to deal with is Howards maturity! in the NBA ya gotta mature quick! It’s still a man’s game!

    • lakermailo - Sep 16, 2012 at 4:59 PM

      james worthy is no one to judge he was a role player who never led his team. remember the time he got caught in houston and busted in a sting. he he hanged on his last years with the lakers even though he was worthless at the end for the greed of money. Dwight howard by himself with a bunch of nobodys and a rolly polly coach got orlando to the finals. james worthy you were a great role player but you were never the man!!!!!

  2. fanz928 - Sep 13, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    He going to get his old ass fired

  3. misterdreamer119 - Sep 13, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Howards a clown.

    Paint yo face clown”! KG

    • phaden27 - Sep 13, 2012 at 7:00 PM

      Careful, you might get Bozosforall to show up again.
      No one wants that.

  4. papichulo55 - Sep 13, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Hurting your back is like bending your car frame. It can be fixed, but it will never be the same. Thats what my docs told me, knowing that I commuted to a desk job on Wall St. Good Luck, Mr Howard! As a BBall fan, I hope you have a full, complete recovery. We need the Lakers back in the championship hunt. Even more so with Chicago and NY as non-contenders.

  5. lakerluver - Sep 13, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    @dis612, Dwight’s so-called “maturity” issues will be a thing of the past in L.A. I think it’s been overblown anyway. D12’s not a stupid dude. I would like to believe he understands the opportunity in front of him and will take full advantage of it. Win in L. A. and he’s loved and adored again everywhere but Orlando.

  6. paulhargis53 - Sep 13, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Of course his maturity issues are just going to disappear now that he’s in l.a.

    Good Christ! You are that big of a moron to think that arent you?
    It’d be different to say you hope he will.

    To paraphrase you.” I’ll take a hall of famers word over yours anyday”.

    If Worthy has concerns, you should too.

    That wouldn’t be you though.

    My dad always said, if you’re going to do something, do it well, even if you look stupid.
    You do do it well, and you are stupid.
    Congrats on being the biggest tool on this or any other site.

  7. thestudiokida - Sep 13, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    I’m not to worried about the opinions of somebody from Gastonia, NC. Does Dwight Howard have to impress Fred Durst now too?

  8. money2long - Sep 13, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    people forget how much and often dwight kept telling reporters who asked him about his impending free agency that it didn’t matter. that it wasn’t in his hands. ie. : ‘my job is to play basketball. i don’t make the moves. my team is getting ready to play (insert fav team), and that;s all that matters now.’

    thanks to his agent and bloggers and leakers, we heard something new everyday. “somebody close to dwight said…., inside sources reveal…., according to dwight’s agent….., etc.

    i think it’s being blown way outta proportion how much dwight poorly handled this situation. sure he could have done better, but he tried to settle things down. he went into hiding this summer up until the trade..and a rare appearance at a baseball game.

  9. jerdogthompson - Sep 13, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    I hope he comes back at 100%.

    I don’t want a single excuse from any Faker fan complaining about how they didn’t win the championship they have all but guaranteed because SHE was injured! LOL

    I can’t wait for this season to start. The typical Faker fan is espousing nonsense on this site and every other one I review. I can guarantee one thing, 80% of those same people will be nowhere to be found come April/June. Mark this post Manchester Miracle.

    Oh yeah, Celtics have 17 rings Fakers 16. Now what?

    • money2long - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:47 AM

      the fakers do not have 16 nba rings because that franchise is not affiliated with the national basketball association.

  10. rumar1978 - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    jerdogthompson, the only reason you’re calling my lakers fakers, cause you know in your heart that the lakers will eventually overtake your celtics for the most nba titles, you’re just as nervous, i bet you’re sweating right now.
    you’re feeling the pressure ain’t you, tell the rest of the celtic fans, to be aware cause the purple and gold are coming for them. i don’t see boston even getting back to the conference finals, let alone the nba finals.

  11. rumar1978 - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    the celtics run is over, now what?

  12. lakerluver - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    Celtics have 17 rings but 13 of those were won when players wore canvas Chucks and played on black and white tv……..As for you, paulhargis53yearsold, Worthy has his opinion but arguably the greatest LAKER ever (Magic) said just the opposite.

  13. jerdogthompson - Sep 14, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    Yep……..just like the Fakers won 4 rings in Minnesota.

    Quit making excuses………

  14. lakerluver - Sep 14, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    @jerdigthompson, dude, I can’t believe you’re actually trying to put the LAKERS down. Boston has exactly ONE ring since Bird led them to 3 in the EIGHTIES!! The LAKERS have FIVE. The vast majority of the C’s titles are ancient history. Don’t be dumb!!

    • andyhr17 - Sep 14, 2012 at 5:44 AM

      I didn’t know that for championships to count that they had to be won in recent history/during your lifetime. The history of basketball extend past the 1990’s, idiot.

  15. lakerluver - Sep 14, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Yeah, but Celtics fans enjoy throwing up the fact that Boston has 17 banners. But they fail to mention that for the last 30 years they’ve mostly been irrelevant. I can’t wait for my beloved LAKERS to pass them by!!

  16. magicbucs - Sep 14, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Let’s see how Dwight coward handles being the 4th option on offense or if he will criticize Nash’s or gasols lack of Defense, coach brown isn’t half the coach SVG is. I’m sure he will get brown fired too.

    How about all the questions reporters in LA will be asking him if he’s re-signing with LA or not. The walls will crumble….

  17. lakerluver - Sep 14, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    @magicbucs, that’s just “wishful” thinking on your part. D12 has been a LAKER for a month and there’s been nothing but positivity. He understands it’s his team and city in 3 years. At that time he will only be 29, beloved again and hopefully sporting 2 or 3 shiny championship rings. You guys that are hoping things go wrong are gonna be feeling like fools when they don’t. You guys act like Dwight was some terrible dude. If that’s so, why were the Magic literally begging him to stay? Dwight’s a good dude who just wanted out of Orlando and didn’t handle it as well as SOME people would’ve liked. I say get over it!!!

  18. lakerluver - Sep 14, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    @andyhr17, Celtics fans should be grateful for KG and Ray. Without them Boston would still be as irrelevant as they were for the 30 years prior to 2008. Ever heard of the phrase, “what have you done for me lately”? Well, before 08, Boston hadn’t done anything lately.

  19. andyhr17 - Sep 14, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    I have heard that. That’s what fair-weather fans/people without knowledge of sports history say. Bulls won 6 championships in the 90’s. They’re not a very good franchise though because those were all way back in the 90’s. LeBron must be better that Jordan because Lebron plays now and Jordan has been retired forever. Red Aurbach must not have been a very good coach because he coached decades ago.

  20. rumarspencer - Sep 14, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    money 2 long, the lakers do have 16 rings, and yes the minneapolis lakers are affiliated with the nba from 1948-49-53-54 5 titles in the teams first 6 seasons in the baa/nba. they won in 1948, but that year doesn’t include the nba title, cause it was won in the nbl at that time. then for the 49-50 season the baa/ and the nbl merge, combined to form the nba that season. cause the lakers were already there in their first season in the league for 48-49, in the baa. and magic bucs, for your information mike brown is in the best position he’s in as lakers coach, and when you say that he isn’t half the coach stan van gundy is, i disagree, cause if mike didn’t have a winning record as a head coach, then the laker hire wouldn’t have existed. he’s a winner, he has a winning record in the regular season, playoffs, and playoff series. and there’s rumor that stan van gundy may join espn/abc,
    and he’ll witness mike brown winning his first nba title as head coach, before he would someday win one. and jerdog thompson, the lakers won 5 titles in minneapoils, not 4, from 1949-54, the leagues first dynasty, and will eventually overtake your celtics for the most titles, we’ll see whose fake then.

  21. rumarspencer - Sep 14, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    oh and one more thing, magic bugs, mike brown has yet to lose in the first round, and stan van gundy, has lost his last 2 in the first round. sure dwight didn’t play in the first round vs pacers, but that’s the edge mike has got over stan.

  22. manchestermiracle - Sep 14, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    “Worthy is a company man. The Lakers insist upon it with their broadcasters.” With that statement, Kurt, I must assume you never listened to the late, great Laker broadcaster Chick Hearn. The Lakers haven’t had many years where they just flat sucked, but when they did Chick never pulled any punches. Chick loved the Lakers, but he was no homer and he gave his listeners his honest opinion. He would have burned Andrew Bynum’s ass for throwing up that three-pointer.

  23. camnellum12 - Sep 15, 2012 at 5:49 AM

    Okay, I’m thinking back, was this trade even necessary and did they get what they needed? Coming into this off-season, LA needed perimeter scoring, perimeter defense, and youth/athleticism. Dwight may clean up on Nash’s and Kobe’s mishaps on defense, but what about perimeter scoring? Jodie Meeks is a solid bench guy, but I would’ve took Barbosa over him in a heart beat. Did LA get more athletic? As many other Laker fans are saying “he’ll be okay” to make them sleep at night, we really don’t know if Dwight will ever have the same vertical until he comes back on the court, and there’s no athlete on the bench who can just flat out jump out the building (alas Shannon Brown), that’s why I thought maybe Gerald Green would’ve been a solid pick-up.

    Did LA make this trade to get a “box office” guy to carry the brand name or did Mitch just get him to cater to Kobe for his last few seasons?

  24. rocirius - Sep 16, 2012 at 5:56 AM

    So the Celtics were irrelevant from 1978-2007? How many franchises that lost their #1 pick from two consecutive drafts remained “relevant”? For some reason, I can’t remember the Lakers being “relevant” during most of the 90s.

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Sep 17, 2012 at 8:43 AM

      What’s NEARLY ONE decade (8 years?) of not being relevant compared to the Celtics’ MORE THAN TWO decades of irrelevance?

      Those 13 banners back then? How many teams were there in the NBA at that time? Their back to backs were only during Russell’s time. Besides, most of those banners were won against the Lakers.

      The operative word here is CONSISTENCY.

      The Lakers are the MOST CONSISTENT team when it comes to relevance: 32 NBA Finals as opposed to the Celtics’ 21.

      That means that the Lakers are consistently TITLE CONTENDERS. More often than any other NBA team.

  25. rocirius - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Maybe the Celtics aren’t always title contenders, but I like their franchise record of 17 titles in the 21 years the team was a title contender.

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