‘Fighting for That Chip’: Former Lakers Champion Robert Horry Explains Why Age Won’t Be an Issue for the Team

Published 10/05/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
SHENZHEN, CHINA – OCTOBER 12: #23 Lebron James of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Shenzhen Universiade Center on October 12, 2019 in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)


When the Lakers won the championship in the 2019-20 season, they were clearly a veteran driven team. With leaders like LeBron James and Rajon Rondo alongside Anthony Davis, the Purple and Gold were absolutely dominant and rightfully won their 17th championship.

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But unlike other championship teams, the Lakers planned to change the roster in the 2020-21 season. With the arrivals of much younger players, LeBron and Co. looked favorites on paper but with injuries and the likes of Bron not meshing that well with the supporting cast, the Lakers’ season was a disaster.

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Ahead of the 2021-22 season, the Lakers’ have yet again resorted to their championship winning strategy. Adding in a superstar like Russell Westbrook and multiple veterans, the Lakers have surely become a favorite yet again but these moves have surely raised some eyebrows.

Robert Horry quashes narrative of Lakers struggling with an aging squad

While the Lakers did add some big names to their roster, the biggest concerns that the pundits are raising about the side is the average age of the roster. With veterans like Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo, the Purple and Gold are surely experienced but players who aren’t at their peak.

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Given that it is a 82-game long season, many fear that the team might fall off massively. But Lakers’ legend Robert Horry certainly isn’t that worried about the side and thinks that the team will succeed despite their age.

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“These guys have been in league so long. They know how to take care of their bodies, they know when to shut it down…… In this day and age with as much rest as they give these players. I don’t think age is gonna be a factor for the Lakers. I think that’d be fine. these guys have been in league so long.”

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Horry certainly raises a great point here. Although the Lakers have an aging side, they also have exciting young players who can be useful in the regular season, Given how deep their team is, they can easily rest veterans and their injured players.

Coach Frank Vogel certainly has a big challenge in his hands. After a season of disappointment, managing such a massive roster will be challenging. But if the team play the right cards, a championship might be certain. What do you think of Lakers’ title challenges?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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