Are The Lakers Too Old To Win?| Top 5 Things To Look For In Tonight’s Lakers vs. Warriors Season Opener

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The Lakers have the oldest roster in the NBA, averaging 30.0 years of age. The NBA season is a marathon and it begins Tuesday night against the upgraded Golden State Warriors and Steph Curry, who played out of his mind in the preseason.

These 5 burning questions won’t be answered until the season is over, but we can start to get an idea of the long road ahead in Game 1 of 82 regular-season games. Then the real drama begins in the playoffs. The NBA season will be a battle of attrition as usual. Last man standing.

1. How will the Lakers new trio of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook fare?

Three superstars and one basketball. This will be very interesting. In a preseason loss to Golden State that dropped the Lakers’ record to 0-5, LeBron James preached patience.

“It’s going to take a minute for us to become the team that we know we are going to be capable of being,” said James. “We’re going to have moments where we’re not quite right there. We may take steps backwards. But that’s all part of … I think nothing is worth having if it’s not worth working for.”

2. Is Russell Westbrook willing to take being a third option?

He was awful in the preseason, but when you have played this long in the league, the preseason is for chemistry development. Russ have never been a third option in his career. Get your popcorn ready.

Can Russell Westbrook Accept Being Third Option On Lakers?

3. The Lakers have an abundance of roster experience, but are they too old?

Coach Frank Vogel’s minute dispersion will be very interesting with L.A’.s mix of old and young players on the roster. “Load Management” is the key.

4. When Will Klay Play? 

Shams Charania of The Athletic has reported that Klay Thompson is expected to be cleared for full-contact practices within a month. He says Thompson’s debut will depend on how long he’ll need to go through full-contact practices before being deemed ready to go.

With Steph Curry single-handedly carrying the roster last season, GM Bob Myers added some real upgrades in Otto Porter Jr., Nemanja Bjelica plus the return of fan favorite Andre Iguodala. They team also drafted Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody in the 2021 NBA draft.

5. Will Draymond Green be willing to look for his shot? 

Head coach Steve Kerr wants Dray taking 2-3 threes a night to keep defenses more honest against Curry. Third-year player Jordan Poole was a pleasant surprise last season and even better in this preseason.

Poole will start opposite Curry with Klay Thompson reportedly not available until around Christmas or after New Year’s. Poole’s play will be a huge factor in how quickly the Warriors decide to bring Thompson back.

The tradeability of Andrew Wiggins also depends on Poole’s development. They could include Wiggins in a trade for someone like Pascal Siakim or Ben Simmons if that materializes.

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.