After 16 years in the NBA, Kobe Bryant is feeling old. Or at least he is feeling that way about his team. The black mamba was quoted recently complaining that his team is old and tired and that is why they are losing games. Now, I may have let him slide if there weren’t other teams out there to prove him wrong. I think that age is not as important as attitude. Maybe, that is something that Kobe should think about.
This is why. In the pre-season, I was worried about the age of the Knicks squad. I thought it was a doomed season because of the numerous veteran players acquired by the Knicks and their old age by NBA standards. Thankfully, I was wrong. What I learned is experience counts. And it counts a lot! The mature squad of the Knicks is now second in the Eastern conference and first in the Atlantic division. They have better records than much younger teams, such as the Charlotte Bobcats and the Orlando Magic.
And don’t forget back in 2008, the Boston Celtics, who were considered old after acquiring Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, went 66 and 16 and had the best single season improvement getting 42 more wins from the previous year. They also won the Championship that year!
I like Kobe a lot. In fact, he is one of my favorite players but I think he needs to look beyond age for any problems that his team may be having. For example, the Knicks have more than 126 years of NBA experience with their current squad versus the Lakers 106 years of NBA experience. It seems to be working for the Knicks, so maybe it is time for Kobe to grow up a little.
1/2/2013 01:59:13 pm
Wow! You made some solid points and maybe the Black Mamba has some points of his own. Instead of stating that he has an old team, maybe he should rethink it and state that with the age of his team his squad should be at a maturity level that can win the close games and prevent blowouts.
1/3/2013 01:41:07 am
I love Kobe. Still he needs to stop whining and start winning. I liked your post. Keep it up!
Yeah, I agree. I like Kobe as well. He is playing well but I do agree that he has to stop making complaints about his team being old because the Knicks are older than the Lakers and they are in the Top 5 teams in the league. So Kobe should not say anything about his team being too old to win. Thanks, I will keep posting blogs. Thanks for posting!
1/3/2013 11:54:54 am
Great post Mike. I doubted the NY Knicks would be good this year because I thought they were too old and not good enough. I was wrong too. I think you gave Kobe Bryant some very good advice. I am proud of you!!
Thanks for the nice words. I did doubt the Knicks at first as well but now they look like a championship caliber team. I am so happy! Also, good luck to Kobe and the Lakers this year, for they do not look like they will make the playoffs this year. Anyway, thanks for posting!
1/4/2013 07:51:19 am
I agree, Dwight Howard is really letting the team down. He was a superstar in the Magic and now he became a decent player in the NBA. He needs to play better because Kobe is playing great and Dwight is not living up to the expectations that everyone thought he would bring to the Lakers. Anyway, thanks for posting!
1/8/2013 12:40:35 pm
The lakers like the Knicks are old by NBA standards. I think the major difference is the Knicks core players ( Melo, Chandler, Felton & Stat) are in there prime of there careers. Lakers core (Kobe, Nash, & Pau) are at the end of there careers. Howard is relatively a young guy but has not been playing well. Not making excuses for the Lakers struggles but those are the facts. The Knicks are a championship caliber team this year and My lakers are trying to find themselves. Go Lakers!!!!
1/9/2013 06:26:58 am
What's funny is that in 2 years those older players that are making the Knicks great and those same older players that should be making the Lakers better will be gone. It will be interesting to see what happens and whom they will have to replace the Jason Kidd's, Camby's, Kurt Thomas's, Prigioni's and Rasheed Wallace's.
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My name is Mike V. I am an enormous basketball fan. I also am a die-hard Knicks fan. After graduating 5th grade, I started writing this blog at the age of 10 in the summer of 2012.