Former Lakers Star Explains Why the Lakers Will Succeed Despite Their Aging Roster

Published 10/10/2021, 3:47 PM EDT
Oct 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (left) with guard Russell Westbrook prior to the preseason game against the Phoenix Suns at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers’ 2020-21 season ended with a first-round exit against the Phoenix Suns. Over the offseason, the team has made major changes to their roster, which started with Russell Westbrook. However, changes do not always guarantee a successful campaign.

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However, in a recent video, retired NBA star and former Lakers forward Metta World Peace revealed why he thinks they will win the title.

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Over the past few weeks, the Lakers have gained attention for signing veterans on their roster. Clearly a strategy in mind, the Lakers will look to win their 18th title. Let’s look at what Metta had to say about the Lakers and their upcoming season.

Why does Metta World Peace think the Lakers will win the upcoming season?

Like most fans and experts, the 2010 NBA champion highlighted the Lakers roster’s age factor. However, while many think of it as a disadvantage, Metta believes it is what will win them the title. He believes that as everyone on that roster will play on the court with years of experience, it will benefit the team.

“I was also talking to a couple of people about the Lakers team,Metta said. “The Lakers are the oldest team in the league, but they’re not super old. They’re not like 40.” As per the 41-year-old, the team is right at the edge of being old, which ultimately lands them in a unique situation.

When Metta won the title just over a decade ago, the team was in the late twenties. Michael Jordan, who won two three-peats with the Chicago Bulls won his 1998 title in his 30s. Metta even talked about how the current Lakers team is a team of future Hall of Famers.

“So they have their intelligence, they still have their physical capabilities. This is one of the reasons why I think that the Lakers is gonna have the opportunity to win the Finals”. 

Oct 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James prior to the preseason game against the Phoenix Suns at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

How have the Lakers performed in the pre-season?

While fans are disappointed with the Lakers‘ pre-season losses, the games do not reflect upon the regular season. However, Anthony Davis, LeBron James, and Russell Westbrook will need to work well together as the team is built around the big three.

They also have veterans like Carmelo Anthony, Trevor Ariza, and Dwight Howard on their team who will play a big role in the Lakers’ success.

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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)

Having said that, the Lakers will be facing the Suns next, hoping to secure a win before the season starts.

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They will play two more preseason games before their regular-season opener against the Golden State Warriors on October 19 EST (October 20 IST).

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Devika

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Devika Pawar is a Golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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