Worthy: Bynum needs to mature

Posted: January 14, 2014

JAMES WORTHY, a seven-time All-Star who helped the Lakers win three championships, knows what it takes to be an NBA player. And a Laker.

And right now, he said, Andrew Bynum, doesn't have it.

The former Sixer was released by the Bulls last week soon after being acquired in a trade with the Cavaliers.

He is now a free agent looking for a job.

TMZ asked Worthy about the possibility of Bynum returning to the Lakers, a team he played for from 2005-12.

"It's possible, but it's hard to say," said Worthy, now an NBA commentator. "He hasn't really shown a lot of progress so it'd be a difficult move to make. He hasn't proven that he's willing to do what it takes to be a professional at this level.

"I think he'll make it again, but he is going to have to really work at being a professional . . . mature a little bit."

According to several reports, the Pacers, Knicks, Mavericks, and Heat have expressed interest in Bynum. ESPN. com reported that the Clippers are not as high on the 7-foot center as they once were.

And, while no one is reporting it, we're pretty sure the Sixers want no part of him.

Broken Linc

The Broncos eradicated a Linc to the past yesterday.

Denver's 24-17 win over the Chargers means that for the first time in five seasons the team that played in the Eagles' home opener will not win the Super Bowl.

Or even be in it.

The Chargers beat the Eagles, 33-30, on Sept. 15.

Before yesterday, the Ravens (2012), Giants (2011), Packers (2010) and Saints (2009) played in the Eagles' opener at the Linc. And all went on to win the big game.

Happy birthday, Tom

NBA Hall of Famer Tom Gola, who starred locally at La Salle University and La Salle High, is 81 today.

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