James Worthy gives Jeff Green "much respect"

Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

In a rare sign of solidarity between sworn enemies, James Worthy tweeted current Celtic Jeff Green after Green's stellar preseason play reminded everybody of the former Laker.

Brian Scalabrine was the first to make the comparison after watching Jeff Green torch EA Milan in Italy. With his wiry frame, quick first step, and soft touch around the basket, the parallel to Big Game James was perfect. But after JG caught wind of Scal's comments, Green wanted to clear the air with Worthy:

A Worthy comparison for Green?

"Put this Tweet out to James Worthy -- he has Twitter," said Green. "I'm not doing it. Who runs the Boston Celtics' Twitter? ... I cannot be called the great James Worthy without his permission. I'm dead serious. I want you to put that Tweet out. I do not want to be called James Worthy. Get video, I don't care."

Informed the Worthy comparisons were launched by former Celtic Brian Scalabrine doing analysis for Comcast SportsNet on Boston's overseas games, Green reaffirmed his need for permission.

"I've got a message for Scal: You have to ask the great James Worthy if I'm able to have that nickname of James Worthy, because that's a top 50 [player], one of the greatest players to ever play this game, and for me to be called that, it's an honor, but you have to ask his permission," said Green. "So Tweet it, call him, email, whatever you need to do, because I don't want to be called that without his permission."

It's a pretty neat story between rivals, but come on, fellas. We're supposed to hate each other. And Scal, you know better, dude.

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