With the Los Angeles Lakers adding yet another veteran in DeAndre Jordan, they now have a very experienced squad going into the 2021-22 NBA season. Many fans have pointed out how the Lakers' old age could be to their detriment.
The Lakers have several players over the age of 30 and are one of the oldest squads in NBA history. This is why several fans are skeptical about their chances, despite the quality of players they have.
Some fans believe that the Lakers will struggle with injuries because of how old their players are. As players grow older, they become more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, their performance quality also diminishes.
The Lakers will be led by the Big 3 of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook. The three players are still playing at All-Star level and will be relied upon to lead the team.
But on top of that, Carmelo Anthony, Rajon Rondo, Dwight Howard, Trevor Ariza, Wayne Ellington, Kent Bazemore, and now DeAndre Jordan will also play significant roles on the squad.
Because of their team building, the Lakers are considered one of the favorites to win the NBA championship this season. And former NBA head coach George Karl thinks that they are the favorites, but not for the 2021-22 NBA championship.
George Karl retweeted a list of the Lakers' veteran players. Poking fun at their aging squad, Karl joked that the Lakers squad are on their way to win the 2012-13 NBA championship.
This isn't the first time members of the new Lakers squad have been targeted. Karl has taken several shots at Carmelo Anthony, dating back to their feud from their days at Denver.
On the other hand, some fans have also pointed to the fact that the Lakers' experience could be to their advantage.
People have pointed to teams like the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls, and 2019-20 Lakers who found championship success despite their advanced average ages.