James Worthy News Archive

Aggies look to overcome North Carolina mystique in second-round matchup

North Carolina’s lineage and history are as rich as any college basketball program in the country. Michael Jordan is among the Tar Heels decedents. So are Sam Perkins, James Worthy, Antwan Jamison and Phil Ford. And none of them will be on the court when seven-seed Texas A&M clashes with the defending national champion and second-seeded Tar Heels.

Aaron Rohlman sets Gaston County history at North Carolina

Aaron Rohlman became the third Gaston County player in history to start a game for UNC on Tuesday. Rohlman, a 2014 Huss graduate, played two minutes and had one rebound in the Tar Heels’ 91-88 loss to Miami. He joins 1979 Ashbrook graduate James Worthy and 1998 Huss graduate Kris Lang as Gaston County products to start games for the Tar Heels.

Video: James Worthy Honored for Global Work

Former Los Angeles Lakers great and North Carolina legend James Worthy was honored with the Global Ambassador Award during the 2018 NBA All-Star Legends Brunch.

James Worthy on All-Star Weekend and Playing With the Showtime Lakers

James Worthy‘s Hall of Fame career spanned 12 NBA seasons. He went to battle with Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at his side for most of his playing days. But he wasn’t just a role player. Big Game James won the 1988 Finals MVP, going off for a blistering 36 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists in the ’88 Finals’ deciding Game 7.

James Worthy on All-Star Memories, Michael Jordan's Competitiveness

James Worthy: "Michael Jordan doesn't take anything lightly. It could be a game of backgammon or it could be the NBA Finals, they're treated the same. This All-Star Game, that was his platform. He wanted to be the best, he wanted to play against the best, and for him, the game was on. I first met him on a recruiting trip. That was the beginning of a great friendship."

James Worthy, Sam Perkins among NBA greats moved by National Civil Rights Museum and legacy of MLK

Penny Hardaway motioned to Sam Perkins. “Hey, Perkins, look,” he said. Hardaway pointed to a photo of a black man hanging from a noose, along with a sign that said, “This (N-word) voted.” They stood there in silence, soon joined by another NBA great, James Worthy, contemplating the reality of this country’s history of violence against black men and women.

Memphis Grizzlies to honor Sam Perkins, James Worthy as part of MLK Jr. Celebration game

On Monday, Jan. 15, the Memphis Grizzlies, National Civil Rights Museum, and City of Memphis will host the 16th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Game. This year’s honorees include Sam Perkins and James Worthy for their contributions to civil and human rights and for laying the foundation for future leaders through their career in sports in the spirit of Dr. King.

Justin Jackson's Jersey Honored at Dean Smith Center

Along with UNC's 2017 NCAA Championship banner, a new jersey was hung in the Smith Center. All-American, ACC Player of the Year, NCAA Champion and Kings draftee Justin Jackson's No. 44 UNC jersey was displayed in the same vein as Lakers great James Worthy, NBA All-Star Antawn Jamison, and the greatest player to play the game, Michael Jordan.

A brief history of Tar Heels in the NBA Finals

One of James Worthy’s teammates on the 1985 championship-winning Lakers was related to this year’s lone UNC representative. Bob McAdoo won two titles as a member of the Lakers in the 80s. James Michael McAdoo and Harrison Barnes are the latest Tar Heels to win a ring, but the most recent to really put his imprint on a series was Danny Green.

November 29, 1982: Frank Deford's Sports Illustrated article on Dean Smith

Most everybody assumed that the ball would go to James Worthy or Sam Perkins, but Dean Smith figured that Georgetown would try to deny the two stars the ball. So somebody else would be clear. Smith guessed that it would be Michael Jordan. The last thing the coach did as the huddle broke was to take a step after the freshman and say to him, "Knock it in, Michael."

Aaron Rohlman becomes eighth national collegiate basketball champion in Gaston County history

What a dream it’s been for Aaron Rohlman, a reserve forward for UNC’s national championship basketball team. Not only was Rohlman a part of the Tar Heels’ sixth national title in school history but he became the eighth Gaston County product to win a national basketball championship. Rohlman joins fellow Tar Heels James Worthy Sylvia Hatchell as national championship winners.

Ranking College Basketball's National Champions since 1985

8. 2005 North Carolina: Sean May was a monster for North Carolina in 2004-05, averaging a double-double to pace arguably the best Tar Heel roster since Michael Jordan and James Worthy shared the hardwood. UNC beat an outstanding Illinois team to win the first national championship of Roy Williams' career; 9. 2009 UNC; 14. 1993 UNC; 19. 2017 UNC.

NCAA Championship Postgame Notes

UNC won its sixth NCAA Tournament championship, third-most in college basketball history (UCLA 11, Kentucky 8). Joel Berry II was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. He joins James Worthy (1982), Donald Williams (1993), Sean May (2005) and Wayne Ellington (2009) as Final Four MOPs. Roy Williams becomes just the sixth coach to win three or more NCAA championships.

North Carolina's 6 national championship teams, ranked from worst to first

1. 1981-82: It’s hard to argue against a team led by the Michael Jordan and James Worthy. Not to mention Sam Perkins, Buzz Peterson and Matt Dougherty. This team lost only two games all season and overcame some stacked teams in the Final Four. When you beat Hakeem Olajuwon and Patrick Ewing in back-to-back games, you know you’ve got a good team.

Video: March 29, 1982 - UNC Beats Georgetown for National Title

Freshman Michael Jordan swished a 16-foot jumper from left wing for a late lead in the title game, but Georgetown had enough time to set up a game-winner of their own. Yet Fred Brown mistook teammate Eric Floyd for UNC's James Worthy, who dribbled out the clock on an improbable finish.

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