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January 17, 1958 |
Brooklyn, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|High school||Franklin K. Lane
(Brooklyn, New York)
|NBA draft||1980 / Round: 2 / Pick: 26th overall|
|Selected by the Chicago Bulls|
|1983–1985||Puerto Rico Coquis|
|1988||New Haven Skyhawks|
|1990||New York Whitecaps|
|1997||Long Island Surf|
|2001||Brujos de Guayama|
|2004–2005||Gallitos de Isabela|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Samuel Lee "Sam" Worthen (born January 17, 1958) is an American former NBA player who currently is touring as the coach of the Washington Generals, the team that perennially loses to the Harlem Globetrotters. He was well known for his play at the Rucker Park Tournament.
Worthen was an All-American point guard at Marquette University from 1978-1980 under coach Hank Raymonds. He led the Warriors in assists during his junior year and scoring and assists in his senior year. In 1980, he was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the second round of the NBA Draft and played in the NBA for two seasons. Worthen was with the Bulls in 1980-1981 and the Utah Jazz in 1981-1982.
In late 2008, Worthen was the coach of the Generals, playing the bad guy role during the games. He ran such skits as using a "remote controlled" ball that the Globetrotters couldn't control, putting a piece of hard plastic on top the Globetrotters rim so they couldn't score and simply adding 30 or so points to the Generals' score by manipulating the scoreboard. At the end of games, he would lose a bet and was forced to wear a pink tutu and a tiara, and carry a shiny magic wand off the court.
Worthen and the New Haven Skyhawks won the 1988 USBL Championship. He has been the head coach of the Albany Patroons (CBA), Miami Tropics (USBL; 1987 Champions), New York Whitecaps (USBL), Harrisburg Hammerheads (CBA), Fort Wayne Fury (CBA), Long Island Surf (USBL), Brooklyn Kings (USBL), and Baltimore Bayrunners (IBL).
Sam also was player coach of the Harlem Wizards show team for 15 years
Worthen was an assistant for three years 2004 through 2007 with the Iona College men's basketball program. He also was the assistant coach of the Fayetteville Patriots of the National Basketball Development League (NBDL).