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NBA Hall of Famer and Los Angeles Lakers legend James Worthy became the latest former star to criticize the current generation of basketball payers because things aren't exactly the same now as they were back in the day. 

James Worthy

James  Worthy
Position: SF
Age: 61
Height: 206 cm
Weight: 102 kg
Birth place: Gastonia, United States of America

He appeared on the Stoney & Jansen Show on a Detroit radio station and went off on current NBA athletes for not staying in college.

"I mean, Kareem had four years with John Wooden, Michael Jordan and I had three years with Dean Smith, Isiah [Thomas] had some years with Bobby Knight. So you learned the fundamentals. Not only that, you learned how to live.

You learned how to balance your freaking checkbook in college, there are a lot of things. When you don't get that, guys are coming to the NBA who are not fundamentally sound. All they do is practice threes, lift weights, get tattoos, tweet, and go on social media. That's it," Worthy described the nowadays' NBA world.

James Worthy was drafted by the Lakers with the top pick in the 1982 NBA Draft after three seasons at the University of North Carolina. 

Worthy, 61, played for the Los Angeles Lakers for his entire 12-year career (1982-1994), averaging 17.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game (926 duels) while winning three titles alongside such basketball greats as Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He was named to both the NBA's 50th and 75th-anniversary teams.

NBA usually receives critique because of the too-long season and the low efforts by the players in the common regular-season games, where stars do not play at 100%.

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