Lakers legend James Worthy smashes Larry Bird piñata in epic birthday celebration
— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) February 27, 2021
Even when the hapless piñata burst with the treats, Worthy continued to hilariously beat it. Wearing his iconic goggles, he danced around the set after. Worthy, Bird, and Ainge go way back and formed a big part in one of the biggest rivalries in sports – the Lakers versus the Celtics.
Worthy and Bird both have three championships each, while Ainge has two. These rivalries were the stuff of legend as both franchises for years had the most stacked squads in the league. The Lakers core was composed of Worthy and all-time greats, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson. On the other hand, the Celtics had Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish.
Worthy was a dynamic wing at his prime. He played his whole career with the Purple and Gold. After retiring with 12 NBA seasons under his belt, he averaged 17.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.1 steals per game, while shooting 52.1% from the field. Those numbers may not look like much, but the game was very different in the 1980s and 1990s. Also, he played with such talented teammates. Worthy was also teammates with Michael Jordan at the collegiate level, when they suited up for UNC.
For the longest time, Worthy was the best “James” in Lakers history. Ironically, he and LeBron James were both first overall selections and are listed as small forwards.