- Nov 10, 2006
I mean, the Nash-Bryant-Howard Lakers were way younger than this team is. Nash was the elder statesman there at 38, Howard was only 27, and Bryant was 34. All those guys are also just way worse players than Lebron, but nonetheless, all the concerns about health go the same for age-related declines in quality of play. There's blow-out potential up and down the roster.I have a very hard time believing that team stays healthy throughout the regular season, even with all the load management.
There's five guys on that roster on the wrong side of 35, one who's about to turn 35 in Rondo, and Westbrook, who's always both been durable and looked like a human knee-injury-waiting-to-happen. He's about to turn 33, which by itself isn't the end of the world, but for a guy with that many miles on his tires, and with the effort he puts in -- there's definitely some cause for concern. And Jordan, who's turning 33, but has looked like he turned 40 for a couple years now.
If Westbrook, Lebron, and Davis can all stay on the floor, I think they'll be great, and I think there's a good likelihood of that. And the rest could all hold off Father Time for one more year. Lebron has always seemed invincible until the last couple years, and he may have a few more great years in him. But Gasol, Ariza, Rondo, Carmelo, Jordan... I wouldn't have much faith in those guys being productive for much longer.