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James Worthy

James Worthy

Keynote Speaker: Retired NBA Hall of Famer; NBA Analyst for Spectrum SportsNet

James Worthy Biography

James Worthy defines the term “most valuable player” –- not just in his career as a superstar athlete but as an entrepreneur, sports broadcast analyst and commercial spokesman.

Under the tutelage of famed coach Dean Smith, Worthy teamed with Michael Jordan at University of North Carolina (UNC) and was named to virtually every All-American team following his junior year as a Tar Heel. After being named MVP of the Final Four in 1982, he was the #1 overall pick in the 1982 draft, joining the reigning NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers while continuing his college education, ultimately graduating with a BA degree from UNC.

While with the Lakers for 12 consecutive years, Worthy earned the nickname “Big Game James” for his dazzling performance in championship playoffs. On December 10, 1995, he became only the sixth player in Laker history to have his jersey retired. His #42 joined the jerseys of teammates, Gail Goodrich, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlin, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson.

Worthy was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003, topping a long list of noteworthy statistics:

  • Seven-time NBA All Star
  • Member of three NBA Championship teams NBA Finals
  • NBA Finals Most Valuable Player; 1988
  • College Player of the Year; 1982
  • MVP OF NCAA Championships; 1982
  • Rated by NBA, one of the 50 all time best pro players
  • Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame

Worthy’s trademark goggles, along with a championship uniform, were inducted into the Smithsonian Institute in early 1996. In addition, Worthy launched the Smithsonian’s National Sports Oral History Project, a career retrospective providing insight into historical changes in the sport. He was also named to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team.

Since retiring from the game in 1994, Worthy’s schedule has been devoted to appearances on the corporate and collegiate lecture circuits, commercial and animation voiceovers, and sports broadcasting with Spectrum Sports Network. Worthy has also maintained his commitment to helping youngsters achieve their greatest potential, most notably through his active involvement with The Boys and Girls Club of America.

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James Worthy Videos

James Worthy Takes The Suns Apart - YouTube
James Worthy (31pts/6rebs/8asts/2stls) vs. Kings (1994) - YouTube

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How much does it cost to book James Worthy for a speaking engagement?

Speaking fees for James Worthy, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book James Worthy are $20,000 - $30,000 for live events and $10,000 - $20,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire James Worthy, click the Check Schedule button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.

What topics does James Worthy speak about?

James Worthy is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Faith & Religion, Basketball, Inspirational, Personal Growth, Business, Business Leadership, Athlete, Sports, Motivational, Sports Motivation, Broadcasting and Sports Journalism & Broadcasting.

Where does James Worthy travel from?

James Worthy generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

Who is the agent for James Worthy?

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James Worthy is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Faith & Religion, Basketball and Inspirational. The estimated speaking fee range to book James Worthy for live events is $20,000 - $30,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. James Worthy generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Mike Singletary, Shawn Harper and Jim Palmer. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling James Worthy for an upcoming event.

James Worthy Videos

James Worthy Takes The Suns Apart - YouTube
James Worthy (31pts/6rebs/8asts/2stls) vs. Kings (1994) - YouTube

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