I think Scal was the first person I heard who compared Jeff Green to Laker great James Worthy. Then it kind of caught on because I heard both Mike and Tommy make those comparisons. And fans were starting to make the comparison on a regular basis. Then he dunked on Jason Kidd and we got the comparison again.
But Jeff didn't like being compared to James Worthy without Worthy's blessing. From ESPN Boston:
"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 seems as though someone got the word out to Worthy because he tweeted this last night:
So now that we have Mr Worthy's blessing to make the comparison, Can we start calling Jeff "Big Game Jeff"? That's one title, Jeff is still going to have to earn and I'm going to enjoy watching him do it this season.