Leave it up to Kobe Bryant to not mince words when describing the Los Angeles Lakers. Following his team’s New Year’s Day loss to the Philadelphia 76ers and their abysmal 15-16 start on the season, the team’s star explained why they are losing:
“Cause we’re old as sh*t.”
In responding to his team’s older players running out of gas, Kobe remarked:
“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.”
Bryant then continued:
“You just saw an old damn team. I don’t know how else to put it to you. We’re just slow. You saw a team over there that was just younger and just had fresher legs and just played with more energy, and we were just stuck in the mud. I think individually we all have to figure out how to get ourselves ready each and every game to have a high level of energy. That’s all that is.”
Despite his bickering about a team whose youngest star player, Dwight Howard, is 27 years old, Kobe has still manages to lead the NBA in scoring despite playing in his 17th season.
Bryant remained optimistic during his press conference, noting that age is not everything:
“It’s figuring it out. That’s a big thing when you’re starting to age, is figuring out how to get yourself ready game in and game out. It’s tough. It takes a lot, a lot of commitment.”
Pau Gasol agreed with his teammate, adding:
“We’re not the most athletic team in the league; we know that. But we are experienced and we should create some energy for ourselves out there, and I think it starts by us talking to each other, by communicating, by letting our team really know that we’re there [on defense], and that will create some energy that we need on that end of the floor.”
The Lakers biggest challenge could be keeping their players healthy for an entire season. An aging roster is never a good sign for injury prospects as players bodies are simply incapable of doing what they have done in the past.
Do you think an aging Los Angeles Lakers can still pull off an NBA Championship victory?