The Los Angeles Lakers are in the middle of an eventful offseason after a disappointing postseason run. They lost to the Phoenix Suns in the opening round after leading the series, 2-1.
Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka then went out and rebuilt the roster to fit around LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The most notable addition, of course, was star guard Russell Westbrook, who they acquired via trade with the Washington Wizards. They also went out signed veteran role players like Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, Wayne Ellington, Trevor Ariza, and Kent Bazemore. The Lakers also brought in two young players in Kendrick Nunn and Malik Monk while resigning Talen Horton-Tucker.
It is a revamped roster that looks ready to compete for a title. But many haters have called the Lakers too old, saying they won’t be able to win a championship. This, however, is far from the case as the veteran players they brought in are still talented.
Message to haters
“We back. they calling us the ‘old Lakers.’ We ain’t old, we just experienced,” said Howard. Other Lakers carried the same message as the seasoned big man, which shows they are unaffected by the haters.
LeBron sent a tweet about the haters that he later deleted. “Keep talking about my squad, our personnel ages, the way he plays, he stays injured, we’re past our time in this league, etc etc etc.,” said LeBron. “Do me one favor PLEASE! And I mean PLEASE! Keep that same narrative ENERGY when it begins! That’s all I ask. #ThankYou.”
It’s safe to say LeBron and the Lakers are ready to prove the haters wrong.
Why haters are 100% wrong about the ‘old’ LeBron-led Lakers
The bashers on Twitter will be shocked with how well the Lakers will play this season. It’s not like they brought in just old players. They brought in guys that can still have a big impact. Anthony is still a solid scorer and will fit well with the team. Last season, he averaged 13.4 points per game on 40.9 percent from three-point range. He will space the floor well next to LeBron, Davis, and Westbrook and be another scoring threat.
Last season, Westbrook averaged a third straight triple-double with 22.2 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 11.7 assists per game. He is an elite player and will elevate players around him. The Lakers also brought back Howard for his third stint with the Purple & Gold. Last season, he put up 7.0 points and 8.4 rebounds per game off the bench. He can come in and be a great big energy booster for the Lakers, whether as a starter or as a reliever.
Another key addition is Ellington, who shot 42.2 percent from long distance last season. Ariza, meanwhile, is still a solid wing defender who will be great off the bench. Bazemore is another guy who will impact the second unit as he shot 40.8 percent from deep.
The young guys Nunn, Monk, and Horton-Tucker will all play great next to the veteran players.
All-Star duo will still dominate
The big thing all the haters are overlooking is how dominant LeBron James and Anthony Davis are. In their first year together, they won a championship and may have repeated if they didn’t suffer injuries. Last season, LeBron averaged 25 points per game along with 7.7 rebounds and 7.8 assists. Even at his age, LeBron is still one of the best players, and no one should question his greatness.
Davis is also a dominant force to be reckoned with. Last season, in a down year, he tallied 21.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest. It was an injury-riddled campaign for Davis, but he should get back to his usual self next season. His game could elevate even more with Westbrook’s playmaking ability. Look for AD to have a career season as the Lakers compete for a title.
While the haters are calling the Lakers “old,” they will be proven wrong by the end of the season.