NBA Analyst Explains Why Age is Merely a Number For LeBron James and the Lakers

Published 08/05/2021, 11:05 AM EDT
Jan 28, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) goes up for a shot against Detroit Pistons center Mason Plumlee (24) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports


The league favorites Los Angeles Lakers have been busy lately, stacking their roster for the next season. Free agency was particularly interesting for the 2020 champions. However, concerns hover over LeBron James and co. building a veteran-aged lineup.

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This summer, the Lakers front office has welcomed a long list of superstars to the team. However, a pattern of experience and age is being analyzed by many pundits. Carmelo Anthony (37), Dwight Howard (35), Russell Westbrook (32), Trevor Ariza (36), Wayne Ellington (33), and Kent Bazemore (32) are six new additions to the roster with the age of 32 years and more.

Adding to the list are the existing members, LeBron James (36), and Marc Gasol (36) who recently announced his resumption of contract. Well, that seems like a full house for the banner franchise.

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A flurry of netizen comments has taken over social media emphasizing the ‘older’ aspect for Lakers. But how far is it a problematic situation for this star-studded group?

NBA analyst hushes comments on LeBron James and Lakers ‘age’ factor

Marc J. Spears, an NBA analyst and writer for ‘The Undefeated’, has dismissed these erupting doubts. He told ESPN – “I’m not worried about this team.” This roster on paper could turn out to be the oldest team in NBA history. However, Marc suggests that age is just a number and nothing beyond that.

He added – “I think a lot of the guys that they had outside of Westbrook, how much are they gonna be playing? Like 10 or maybe 25 minutes a game…So, I don’t think that their age will matter but their experience certainly will matter…I know there are all these memes and people making fun of it, but age is nothing but a number for this team. I think they’re going to be just fine.”

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Experience counts for the Los Angeles Lakers

Dwight Howard has made a comeback in LA city after a one-year stint with the Philadelphia 76ers. Additionally, Kent Bazemore has taken off from the Golden State Warriors to join LeBron James this season.

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Experience is brimming for the Los Angeles Lakers. From Carmelo Anthony to Russell Westbrook, the Staples Center will have to fetch empty seats in a packed stadium to watch their favorites together. Nonetheless, is age going to play against this super team? Let us know in the comments.

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Pavni Ahuja

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Pavni Ahuja is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Housing a keen interest in sports journalism, she is pursuing an undergraduate Journalism degree from Christ University. Pavni is an ardent fan of the NBA, with prior district-level playing experience in basketball.

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