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Greatness was often understated

James Worthy was often in the background, except when it mattered most -- prime time.

Updated: September 15, 2003, 4:25 PM ET
By Sam Smith | Special to ESPN.com

James Worthy always was easy to overlook.

In college, he played with Michael Jordan, and perhaps his greatest college game symbolized his pro career. He was the best player on the floor that night in 1982, the most outstanding player of the 1982 NCAA tournament when his North Carolina team won the national championship. Yet, the only time you see highlights of that game, it's of Jordan's winning shot.

Worthy played virtually his entire professional career with Magic Johnson ...

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