James Worthy thinks LeBron James could get a statue in Los Angeles

LeBron James might be immortalized outside two arenas by the time his career is over … so says Lakers legend James Worthy, who tells TMZ Sports he could definitely see the NBA superstar getting statues in Cleveland AND Los Angeles. The three-time NBA champ spoke with us about the King’s Purple & Gold legacy earlier this week … and he said it’s entirely possible James gets the bronze treatment outside Crypto.com Arena one day. “It depends on what he does here out,” Worthy said at the Teqball USA Pre-ESPY party. “Personally — and I think he’d agree — he hasn’t been here long enough.”
Source: TMZ Staff @ TMZ.com

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Joe Vardon @joevardon
Over the next 11 days, ⁦⁦@TheAthletic⁩ you ‘A King’s Reign,’ the audio story of LeBron James’ career. There are lots of things in this you’ve never heard before. Today, the series begins with his childhood and a twist in how he became a Cav theathletic.com/4641630/2023/0…9:38 AM
Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
LeBron is changing back from No. 6 to No. 23. Each is a separate Hall-of-Fame career:
No. 6 LeBron: 15,533 pts, 2 rings, 2 Finals MVPs, 1 MVP, 9 All-Stars
No. 23 LeBron: 23,119 pts, 2 rings, 2 Finals MVPs, 3 MVPs, 10 All-Stars
👑 pic.twitter.com/sdV7XnKRTD12:37 AM
Ball Don’t Lie @Balldontlie
LeBron shows love to Kyrie on his IG story 🫡
(via @KingJames) pic.twitter.com/7eFjyug79e8:21 PM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Which jersey number looks more natural on LeBron James? 🤔pic.twitter.com/owUAmjhRIP8:42 AM
Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
LeBron James wasn’t getting two numbers retired but No. 23 will one day hang from the rafters at Staples Center. He led the Lakers to a title wearing No. 23 and helped L.A. heal following the passing of Kobe. I’ll always feel LeBron became a Laker the moment the gave that speech. pic.twitter.com/Hsgb4Ruegz9:50 PM
Lakers’ LeBron James to change uniform from 6 to 23 next season, per agent
cbssports.com/nba/news/laker…9:23 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
New story: LeBron James will change his jersey from No. 6 to No. 23 next season in a nod of respect to Bill Russell, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports Group told ESPN es.pn/44utwTC9:07 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
LeBron James will change his uniform from No. 6 to No. 23 next season. “It’s LeBron’s decision,” Rich Paul of Klutch Sports Group told ESPN. “He chose to out of respect for Bill Russell.” The NBA retired No. 6 league-wide last August; James wore it a final season to honor Russell – 8:45 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Most 25-PPG seasons on 50+ FG%:
11 – LeBron James
11 – Karl Malone
10 – Kareem Abdul Jabbar
10 – Kevin Durant
10 – Shaquille O’Neal pic.twitter.com/3XxqIynrRP10:00 AM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Fridays’ @lockedonlakers podcast! We discuss the theatricality of LeBron’s official return for his 21st season, and Darvin Ham’s bold interview w/@TheSteinLine and @ChrisBHaynes, where he talks all kind of (bleep). @LockedOnNetwork @LockedOnNBAPods
podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/leb…11:58 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
Teenagers with multiple 40-point games:
LeBron James
Anthony Edwards
That’s the list. pic.twitter.com/d4YOwqOwFN11:07 AM

More on this storyline

“But I think his overall greatness, when you have a player like LeBron, who breaks Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s [all-time scoring] record in Los Angeles, does it as a Laker, then wins a championship as a Laker, you can’t argue that he could get a statue in Los Angeles.” “And he could get one in Cleveland as well,” Worthy added. “So, I don’t know about Miami, but bringing one to Cleveland and Los Angeles, it’s doable, in my opinion.” -via TMZ.com / July 17, 2023
“It’s LeBron’s decision,” said Paul, James’ longtime friend and agent. “He chose to out of respect for Bill Russell.” -via ESPN / July 15, 2023

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