Los Angeles Lakers: Is age a problem?
After the defeat on Tuesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers the Lakers fell to 15-16 missing out on the opportunity in getting above .500 for the first time in the season.
Pau Gasol and Steve Nash had both recently returned from injury and saw the Lakers record a season high win game of five, but since then they have lost two out of their last three games and Kobe was visibly upset by their latest defeat.
Talking to reporters after the game it seemed that Kobe was blaming the age of his team mates for the stop start season his side is having.
“We’re old as s—,” Bryant told reporters.
“What do you want? We just got to figure out how to play when we don’t have that energy. We got to change things up a little bit defensively. We got to figure out what we want to do offensively, figure out what we want to do on nights when we don’t have those legs or have that energy.”
The Lakers have an average age of 2u making them the fourth oldest roster in the whole of the NBA. When watching the team this season it is fair to agree with this statement as on a far too often basis the team does not play with enough energy when playing younger based teams.
31 games have gone this season and Mike D’Antoni has failed to find a consistent strategy both offensively and defensively.
Against the 76ers it was plain to see that the ageing defense could not cope with the quicker offense especially when in transition and this will be a major factor when it comes to challenging for honors when the playoffs arrive, that is if the Lakers are to make the playoffs.
Having older players aren’t affecting these teams but the difference with the Lakers and these three teams is that the Lakers most important players are the oldest. The Knicks have Carmelo Anthony who is only 28, Lebron James at is only 28 and with the Clippers the likes of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are still very fresh.
It certainly isn’t hard to argue with the fact that age has been a problem for the Lakers, next up is a huge clash with the Clippers, a game that Lakers used to always be favorites for is going to prove difficult.