.. and gave him one of the best compliments ever.
Of course, Worthy was Magic Johnson's running mate back on the Showtime Lakers in the '80s -- and has been heavily involved with the Lakers organization ever since.
So, for James to heap that kind of praise on Lonzo is a pretty big deal.
We know what you're thinking -- is James dissing Kobe?
We don't think so -- seems more like a pure point guard comparison to us.
One thing's for sure ... LaVar Ball is gonna LOOOOVE this clip.Read more at TMZ