Lakers' Worthy calling it quits?

November 08, 1994|By Orange County (Calif.) Register

NEW YORK -- The 12-year NBA career of James Worthy is likely to come to an end Thursday when the seven-time All Star is expected to announce his retirement.

Worthy, 33, has been contemplating retirement for some time, but he became more serious about it after the death of his mother, Gladys, on Oct. 22. Worthy's agent, Frank Wheaton, continued talks yesterday with Lakers management.

Worthy is due to make $7.2 million this season, the highest salary in the NBA, and $5.15 million next season, the final year of his contract. But Wheaton said that although Worthy is leaving the sport early, the Lakers are not trying to make him settle for less.

"The Lakers have given me every indication that they are willing to honor the full value of James Worthy's contract should he decide to retire," Wheaton said.

During his career, he has averaged 17.6 points and 5.1 rebounds.

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