The Los Angeles Lakers have been the most active team so far throughout NBA free agency.
As of yesterday, Rob Pelinka and the LA front office have added 12-time All Star Carmelo Anthony, former No. 11 pick Malik Monk, former All-Rookie First-Team guard Kendrick Nunn and four former Laker veterans in Trevor Ariza, Wayne Ellington, Dwight Howard and Kent Bazemore.
The team also re-signed 20 year-old guard Talen Horton-Tucker and added superstar point guard Russell Westbrook by way of trade last week.
Some believe this new-look roster has the Lakers poised to contend for an NBA title, but others have been critical of these franchises additions.
So far, the biggest criticisms have revolved around the team’s league-high average age.
LeBron James responded to these concerns on Twitter Wednesday.
“Keep talking about my squad, our personnel ages, the way he plays, he stays injured, we’re past out time in this league, etc etc etc. Do me one favor PLEASE!!!! And I mean PLEASE!!! Keep that same ENERGY when it begins! That’s all I ask. #ThankYou,” he wrote.
The tweet has since been deleted.
In addition to James, who is 36 years old heading into his 19th NBA season, Anthony (37), Ariza (36), Marc Gasol (36), Howard (35), Ellington (33), Bazemore (32) and Westbrook (32) make up the long list of LA players over 30. With an average age of 31, the Lakers have the oldest roster in the league.
LeBron and his squad of NBA veterans will look to prove the haters wrong in 2021-22.