Former NBA champion and ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins compares Carmelo Anthony and the Lakers’ roster of veterans to Space Jam.
The LA Lakers have been all around the headlines lately with their free agency signings. The arrival of former MVP Russell Westbrook has made the Lakers a formidable team. There is a Big 3 in purple and gold at the Staples Center.
The Lakers would continue to sign players on minimum contracts to fill in their roster. These veterans would include Dwight Howard, Kent Bazemore, Trevor Ariza, and Carmelo Anthony.
Breaking: Carmelo Anthony has agreed to a one-year deal with the Lakers, per @wojespn
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 3, 2021
Thus making the average age on their team in the 30s. Most of the above signings have played for the franchise in the past as well. Trevor Ariza won his 1st championship with the Lakers in 2009. While this would mark Dwight Howard’s 3rd return to the franchise.
The Lakers had to part ways with many of its young players to acquire Russell Westbrook. Thus leaving little cap space to fill in the roster.
Kendrick Perkins compares the new roster of the Lakers with Carmelo Anthony to that of Space Jam
While appearing on the show The Jump on ESPN, Big Perk seemed rather upbeat with the Lakers’ new moves to fill in the roster.
The former champion was quoted saying, “We are talking about a group of veterans. A lot of these guys have been to the promise land. A lot of these guys have won championships. LeBron James, Anthony Davis, you are looking at even Trevor Ariza.”
The Lakers just turned into Space Jam in Real Life!!! Carry the hell on… https://t.co/FWNjETVJuu
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) August 3, 2021
Perkins even added, “When you look at Carmelo Anthony, and you look at Russell Westbrook, these guys are starving to win a championship that’s the only thing left to complete their legacy.” Thus sacrificing wouldn’t be an issue for these superstars.
Big Perk addressed the new Lakers roster as watching Space Jam in real life. The current LA roster has 5 future Hall of Famers, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwight Howard.
There is no doubt that the current roster is a seasoned one. However, it will be interesting to see if these vets can give the likes of Luka Doncic, Trae Young, and Donovan Mitchell a run for their money.