The Los Angeles Lakers have been in the conversation about winning an NBA title ever since LeBron James arrived in 2018. Of his three years there, the team has seen a bunch of roster changes. Every year it seems like we are looking at a brand new team with James being the only common denominator, or one of the few players on the roster that was on the team the year prior. This year is no different.
This time around, the team went the veteran route. They now have the oldest team in the entire league. The current squad has nine players over the age of 30, and six of them are 35 and up.
The new roster highlights some very well known players, like Mr. Triple Double Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, one of James’s best friends and the only person of the banana boat friend group to have not ever made it to the finals (James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Paul). The Lakers have also brought back Dwight Howard and other players that played with them in the past, including Wayne Ellington and Trevor Ariza.
This is clearly a team of players who are ring chasing in the final stages of their careers. At the top of that list is James, who is trying to get as many, if not more, rings than Micheal Jordan, who he is chasing in the ongoing G.O.A.T. debate. Since everyone on the team has the same goals, it seems that it will make it easier for them to work together. If they make it to the finals, I’m not sure if they can beat a healthy Nets team, but they may very well be the best team in the West.
By Devin Foster, Junior, Bradley University
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