After all their recent signings, the Los Angeles Lakers now have 8 players above the age of 32. Former NBA superstar Gilbert Arenas hilariously mocks the 17-time champions for having a “senior citizens discount team”.
The Los Angeles Lakers had their most unexpected year this past 2020-2021 season. The 2020 NBA champions were strong title-contenders starting the campaign. However, due to the superstars – LeBron James and Anthony Davis, being sidelined with gruesome injuries, the Lakers tumbled down in the standings. After barely making the postseason, LeBron and co. were handed a first-round playoffs exit by none other than his very own “Banana Boat” buddy – Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns.
As expected, LAL made quite a few changes on their roster this offseason. Apart from acquiring 2017 MVP Russell Westbrook in a blockbuster sign-and-trade deal, the front office even managed to add veterans Carmelo Anthony, Trevor Ariza, Dwight Howard, Wayne Ellington and Kent Bazemore on the squad.
Gilbert Arenas mocks the Los Angeles Lakers for being a “senior citizens discount team”
With all the new signings, there are currently 8 players on the roster who are above the age of 32, with Carmelo Anthony being the oldest of the pack at 37. While the team is full of veterans with tons of experience, they do lack youthfulness on the squad.
However, fans were quick to troll the Lakers for being a team full of old players. Surprisingly, former 3-time All-Star Gilbert Arenas was one of the many people who mocked LAL by calling them the “senior citizens discount team” on his recent Instagram post.
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— NB🇬🇭 (@N1N0BROWN) August 3, 2021
Lmaooooooo Lakers haters went from
“Lakers building a retirement home”
“How is the league allowing this??”
😭 😭 😭
— LeStressed James 🚬 (@FadeAwayLeBron) August 3, 2021
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— Kawhi Burner (@FunGuyBurner) August 3, 2021
King James has been ageing like fine wine. Even in his 18th season, he was putting up MVP type numbers before an injury sidelined him for 27 games. Russell Westbrook is coming off his fourth season where he averaged a triple-double. Marc Gasol, Dwight Howard and Trevor Ariza are all very experienced role players who add a lot of depth to this star-studded team.
Sure, the Lakers do have a team full of “old” players. However, they are easily one of the early favourites to lift the 2022 NBA Championship, that every team will dread matching up against.