Just when Kobe Bryant seems comfortable with the media, he goes and says even more at ease things like this.
The Laker said that the team is “old as sh*it” when asked how they lost to the Philadelphia 76ers on New Years Day. He went on to say:
"You just saw an old damn team. I don't know how else to put it to you. We're just slow. You saw a team over there that was just younger and just had fresher legs and just played with more energy, and we were just stuck in the mud. I think individually we all have to figure out how to get ourselves ready each and every game to have a high level of energy. That's all that is."
While the Lakers' starting lineup is pretty advanced in age, there are plenty of young guys on the team that can step in.
In addition to Antawn Jamison's DNP-CDs, 23-year-old Devin Ebanks' are equally as curious. While Ebanks doesn't have stellar stats, he provides a quick defensive presence and pure energy off the bench.
Darius Morris, who is 21-years-old, has gotten some valuable minutes this year and seems to be building a lot of confidence. He's also quick, which is something the Lakers lack as a whole. Robert Sacre and Darius Johnson-Odom are 23-years-old, Earl Clark is 24-years-old, and Jordan Hill and Jodie Meeks are both only 25-years-old.
This means 46 percent of the team is under 25 years of age, so maybe it's time to wonder if they're being utilized properly by Coach Mike D'Antoni. Having a young lineup come off the bench is really valuable, especially when Metta World Peace is in the lineup too.
While backups should be able to shoot accurately, their main just is to play defense, score if possible, but give the starters a rest without the score getting run up by the other team. They need to also bring the energy, which most of these players have no problem doing.
So, maybe there's something else going on here, because with this size, skill and youth, they should be playing much better on defense. Hopefully, they'll continue improving, and somehow make their way into D'Antoni's airtight lineup.