Kurt Rambis showed a trustworthy James what life in the NBA was really like

James Worthy was the No. 1 player selected in the 1982 NBA draft. The Los Angeles Lakers earned the top spot in the draft in a previous trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1979-80 season. When Worthy was drafted by the Lakers, Worthy was admittedly confident as he headed for the pro ball. Why wouldn’t it be? He was picked No. 1 and was coming off a national championship in North Carolina.

He admitted he had his eyes set on stealing someone’s starting role with the Lakers. After going through the list, he zeroed in on striker Kurt Rambis, an unassuming player who played his role to perfection. According to Worthy, he quickly got his welcome moment in the NBA from Rambis.

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