Lakers median age is only 28.1

Lakers median age is only 28.1

Postby Rypian on Wed Sep 25, 2013 2:03 pm

At least until non-guaranteed contracts are cut, the team has one of the younger rosters in the league.

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Re: Lakers median age is only 28.1

Postby Weezy on Wed Sep 25, 2013 2:14 pm

We have indeed done a good job of getting some younger players, but as the article points out, the average age number is misleading. Nash is 39, Kobe is 35, Pau is 33, Blake is 33, Kaman is 31, and one of the "young" players we picked up in Nick Young is 28 himself, he's not old, but he's put in some years. Going from there we do have a younger team and some nice athletes, but the core remains up there in years. That's not a terrible thing though, teams with a good mix of old vets and young athletes win more than inexperienced teams and just plain old teams.
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Re: Lakers median age is only 28.1

Postby therealdeal on Wed Sep 25, 2013 3:57 pm

Weezy wrote:We have indeed done a good job of getting some younger players, but as the article points out, the average age number is misleading. Nash is 39, Kobe is 35, Pau is 33, Blake is 33, Kaman is 31, and one of the "young" players we picked up in Nick Young is 28 himself, he's not old, but he's put in some years. Going from there we do have a younger team and some nice athletes, but the core remains up there in years. That's not a terrible thing though, teams with a good mix of old vets and young athletes win more than inexperienced teams and just plain old teams.

Look at the Spurs last season. Duncan is ancient and Tony is no spring chicken, not to mention the skeletal remains that are Manu Ginobili. They were carried by young guys to the Finals. Not saying we're going to be them, just saying they're the blue print we're TRYING to follow.
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Re: Lakers median age is only 28.1

Postby GoldenKnight on Thu Sep 26, 2013 1:11 am

therealdeal wrote:
Weezy wrote:We have indeed done a good job of getting some younger players, but as the article points out, the average age number is misleading. Nash is 39, Kobe is 35, Pau is 33, Blake is 33, Kaman is 31, and one of the "young" players we picked up in Nick Young is 28 himself, he's not old, but he's put in some years. Going from there we do have a younger team and some nice athletes, but the core remains up there in years. That's not a terrible thing though, teams with a good mix of old vets and young athletes win more than inexperienced teams and just plain old teams.

Look at the Spurs last season. Duncan is ancient and Tony is no spring chicken, not to mention the skeletal remains that are Manu Ginobili. They were carried by young guys to the Finals. Not saying we're going to be them, just saying they're the blue print we're TRYING to follow.


They also have Pop...
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Re: Lakers median age is only 28.1

Postby therealdeal on Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:53 am

GoldenKnight wrote:
therealdeal wrote:
Weezy wrote:We have indeed done a good job of getting some younger players, but as the article points out, the average age number is misleading. Nash is 39, Kobe is 35, Pau is 33, Blake is 33, Kaman is 31, and one of the "young" players we picked up in Nick Young is 28 himself, he's not old, but he's put in some years. Going from there we do have a younger team and some nice athletes, but the core remains up there in years. That's not a terrible thing though, teams with a good mix of old vets and young athletes win more than inexperienced teams and just plain old teams.

Look at the Spurs last season. Duncan is ancient and Tony is no spring chicken, not to mention the skeletal remains that are Manu Ginobili. They were carried by young guys to the Finals. Not saying we're going to be them, just saying they're the blue print we're TRYING to follow.


They also have Pop...

Not saying we're going to be great, just saying that's the mold we're looking at.
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Re: Lakers median age is only 28.1

Postby lakerfan2 on Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:11 am

^ I was just thinking that yesterday, about to post in the Optimistic thread.

On paper, this team looks like the Spurs last year (minus Popovich).

Their role players are more concentrated in Leonard and Green, but the rest of the guys know their roles.

The Lakers bench is not as talented, but they are more evenly distributed in terms of the talent. Between an experienced Kaman, an hustle man Hill, the young guns Young and Johnson, Farmar to show why he won two rings with us, and Blake to show why we still haven't given up on him.

To me, the biggest factors of this season are:

1. The health of the core players: Kobe, Nash, Pau - without these three, especially Kobe, it will be one tough road.

2. The coaching - Uptempo, pick and roll, post up, whatever - make it work. I'm hoping Rambis can instill some sort of defensive scheme to make it work while losing two of our best defenders, even though with them it still didn't work. Just something. Zone, switch everything...something.

3. Chemistry - Last year, there was none. Kobe carried the team, and everyone was along for the ride. This year, we need buy in from EVERYONE. A sense of no holds barred and fighting for minutes by executing on the court. Execute, but more importantly, have fun with it.
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Re: Lakers median age is only 28.1

Postby Rooscooter on Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:29 am

Recalculate that age with the people that will actually contribute and see what it is.

As for this team being compared to the Spurs..... :man3:

They have 3 core players that are their top players as well that have been together for a decade and a consistent system. They also have ownership and a philosophy to build through the draft.... they actually have scouts and they have a plan.

Our top 3 have less than 40 games together..... 3 coaches, 2 systems, no viable youth that has been developed and iffy direction from the front office.

Not really a fair comparison IMHO...... which is sad.
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Re: Lakers median age is only 28.1

Postby therealdeal on Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:52 am

It's not even a comparison from my end, just a mold that we're trying to follow.

In high school, the best athlete of the previous decade comes back and coaches the freshman team. The team is trying to be like him.

That doesn't mean I'm comparing these young high school kids to the best athlete their school has seen in a decade, just saying that's what they're aspiring towards.
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Re: Lakers median age is only 28.1

Postby lakerfan2 on Thu Sep 26, 2013 12:50 pm

Rooscooter wrote:Recalculate that age with the people that will actually contribute and see what it is.

As for this team being compared to the Spurs..... :man3:

They have 3 core players that are their top players as well that have been together for a decade and a consistent system. They also have ownership and a philosophy to build through the draft.... they actually have scouts and they have a plan.

Our top 3 have less than 40 games together..... 3 coaches, 2 systems, no viable youth that has been developed and iffy direction from the front office.

Not really a fair comparison IMHO...... which is sad.


More of the way the team is structured, not how they were built.

3 aging stars surrounded by role players. Granted, yes, Parker, Duncan, and Ginobili have been playing together forever, but as we saw with Pau and Kobe, all it takes is smart player to have that chemistry there. Nash is no exception, granted he had his injury last year.
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Re: Lakers median age is only 28.1

Postby Rooscooter on Thu Sep 26, 2013 1:43 pm

^^I just don't see the parallel..... other than 3 old guys.... None of the other things that have made SA successful over the years seem to be present here.

Our season is going to be fun to watch IMO.... I don't think we're going to challenge for even our division. The players we have to rely on for 80% of the production on this team have significant injury issues and my guess is that the entire group will not play together half the season. I also think ownership is perfectly fine with this because this year is somewhat of a toss away in the rebuilding process.
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Re: Lakers median age is only 28.1

Postby lakerfan2 on Thu Sep 26, 2013 2:51 pm

Right, in which I said, the structure, and not the way they were built, the roster.

There are zero expectations for this team this year which I think will make for an easier season to bear. Injuries happen to the best of teams, even San Antonio. They haven't one a back to back ever, but they do come back from injury and compete.

Jim and Mitch know they did what they could to salvage this season. Everyone who doesn't watch the NBA closely will dismiss they players we've signed. I think they did a pretty fine job given the situation. Will it be a successful one? Not really, but I think it'll be a collective group who could get us some "feel good" wins to show that we're just not going to roll over and kick dust like most other teams. If we hit the lottery, than so be it.
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Re: Lakers median age is only 28.1

Postby Sirron on Thu Sep 26, 2013 3:19 pm

Well at least Mike Dantoni is far superior to Popovich as a coach. :man12:
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