James Worthy still likes Heat to win
By Reid Cherner, USA TODAY
James Worthy made his Hall of Fame bones with the Los Angeles Lakers. That doesn’t mean he’s stenciling his old team onto the NBA championship trophy.
Worthy, now an analyst with Time Warner Cable SportsNet, tells Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Times that the Lakers still have some hurdles and that the Miami Heat have to remain the favorites for 2012-13.
“I would have to say Miami still has a little edge simply because they won last year,” Worthy told Medina. “It will be so much easier for them to win again because they know how to do it. With them adding Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis, they have tremendous scorers and three-point shooters off the bench. Then they also have the greatest player in the game with LeBron James. I give them the edge because they’re defending champions.”
As for the Lakers, the Hall of Famer says it will take time to acclimate Steve Nash and Dwight Howard and for the entire team to learn the Princeton offense.
“Anytime you bring in new parts, it’s going to take some time for it to mix up. …Anytime you have Dwight Howard on your team, it’s going to look on paper. But it still has to gel….We also can’t forget the Clippers are improving, Oklahoma City is still great. You can’t just give it to the Lakers. They have to go out and earn it. It looks good on paper, but (coach) Mike Brown still has to make it work.”