"Big Game James" helped the Lakers to three titles. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
If LeBron doesn’t re-sign with the Cavs this summer, he’s a quitter. Or so says former Laker great and three-time NBA champion James Worthy.
“My personal opinion is a lot of times when you lose and you leave, it sounds like a quitter,” the seven-time All-Star told the New York Post. “I would never want to leave without accomplishing the goal.”
Though Worthy believes The King will ultimately decide to stay in his home state, he doesn’t think the Cavs’ supporting cast is capable of bringing him a title.
“He’s in a position to tell the team what he wants,” Worthy said. “If they don’t give it to him, I don’t think he wants a Kevin Garnett situation where he’s there 11 years, 12 years. He’s got to ask for the same thing Larry Bird had, Magic had, he needs another Hall of Famer around. But I still see him in Cleveland.”
And even if the Knicks were to offer James a massive contract and Chris Bosh as a sidekick, Worthy can’t see The Chosen One bolting for New York.
“It would be tough with [the Knicks’] current team,” Worthy said. “He’d stay in Cleveland for that. The Knicks would have to make some moves. Wherever he goes, they’re going to have to make moves. He’s been in the league seven years. He’s not going to stand for status quo. Antawn Jamison is a good player, Shaq is an older veteran, but they still haven’t given him enough.
“Larry Bird had Kevin McHale, Robert Parrish, Dennis Johnson and Magic had Kareem, myself, [Bob] McAdoo. I don’t think LeBron has received what he needs. Kobe got Pau [Gasol], [Ron] Artest, players that can get the job done.”
As for LeBron’s ongoing comparison to Kobe, who’s vying for his fifth title in this year’s Finals, Worthy said that, until The King gets a ring, he can never be on the same level as Bryant.
“Fans who go by MVP awards, they go with that,” Worthy said. “I go with the finishing product, who’s standing in June. The torch has been passed to LeBron. But I don’ think LeBron has gotten to where he needs to get to be mentioned in that [Kobe] conversation.” [New York Post]