LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 20: Former Laker James Worthy speaks at unveiling ceremonies of a statue of legendary Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn before the Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs on April 20, 2010 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Former Laker Rick Fox looks on. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The Boston Celtics-Los Angeles Lakers rivalry has been one of the cornerstones of the NBA especially in the 1980’s when they met in the Finals three times in the decade. You would not be surprised that the players from that era still hold the rivalry to the vest. That goes especially for James Worthy, an integral part of the Showtime teams that won five championships in the decade.

Worthy is now a studio analyst for Time Warner Cable SportsNet as well as being a Lakers assistant coach. He was thrilled to see the Lakers win in Boston which was also Kobe Bryant’s last game in the city. So during the postgame show, Worthy yelled the only thing he felt appropriate:

If your team is the hammer and the Celtics are the nail in the storied rivalry, you have total reason to crow. Imagine if the Lakers had lost in Kobe’s last game in Boston how Worthy might have reacted.


About Ken Fang

Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013.

He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television.

Fang celebrates the four Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.

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