James Ager Worthy ( born February 27, 1961 in Gastonia, North Carolina ) is a retired American professional basketball player. The 2.06 m wide Worthy played in the position of small forward and counted alongside Kareem Abdul- Jabbar and Magic Johnson to the main players in the so-called "Showtime Lakers " of the 1980s. He was one of the great college Stars of the 1980s and won with the North Carolina Tar Heels in 1982 the title. The following year, and after his first year as a pro Worthy was appointed to the NBA All- Rookie Team. He won three NBA championships with the Lakers and was awarded the 1988 NBA Finals MVP. From 1986 to 1992, he was invited seven consecutive years to the All- Star Game. In 2003, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
James Worthy, who is a big fan of Star Trek, 1993 had the option in Star Trek: The Next Generation to embody a Klingon.