LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers were getting made fun of for their age before this season began. Now that the season is over a quarter of the way through, there is proof that the old jokes being thrown at the Lakers were accurate.
ESPN posted a graphic with three stats from Second Spectrum that show how slow and steady Los Angeles plays.
The discussion about the ages of the Lakers’ key players grew louder with every veteran they added during the offseason. So far this season, out of all the Lakers who have played at least 10 games, only four are younger than 30 years of age (Anthony Davis, Malik Monk, Talen Horton-Tucker and Austin Reaves).
With the oldest roster in the league, the Lakers are 13-13, good for seventh place in the Western Conference. Injuries and absences from several key players have made it tough for this team to generate any consistency. Whether it be James missing time in the NBA’s health and safety protocols or Davis dealing with a ton of different injuries, there’s always something holding the Lakers back and they haven’t been able to fight off this adversity.
James, at 37 years of age, recorded his 100th career triple-double in a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies yesterday. If the purple and gold can’t get itself together soon, individual accolades may be the only accomplishments James adds to his resumé.