Skip to main content

Age didn't matter for these teams that won an NBA championship

lakers copy (1)

When teams overhaul their roster in the offseason, it's common knowledge that they do it to become better. The Los Angeles Lakers signed several star players, but they sacrificed the future in doing so. With its win-now mentality, can L.A. beat the odds to win a title? History tells us that other teams were able to pull it off.

New signings mean win-now for LeBron James

The recent signings prove there is a sense of urgency now for LeBron James to collect another ring. The sense of desperation also comes from veterans who are still searching for their first title. Carmelo Anthony, a former rival of James, is looking to end an 18-year drought. The same can be said for Russell Westbrook, who lost against LeBron when he was still in Oklahoma City. Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo, and Trevor Ariza all signed in hopes of winning another chip. 

Critics argue the Lakers are old, but fans claim their recent signings add a much-needed experience. As veterans who know how to sacrifice minutes and perform in specific roles, each Lakers player knows how to win, but they need to figure out how to win together. The regular season will be spent on that, trying to figure things out while staying in contention for the offseason. If Los Angeles is looking for a blueprint on pulling it off with an aging roster, they have a few teams who can do it.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

Oldest teams to win NBA championships

The average age of the L.A. Lakers is 32.4 years old. It's not going to be easy to win a title, and if they go on to win one, they will enter the history books at the oldest team in the NBA to do it. 

The 1997-98 Chicago Bulls currently hold the record with 32.096 average age. That team was led by Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman. It was the last dance of the Bulls, and the team broke up after. Jordan retired, and the core soon left and played for other teams.

The 2010-11 Dallas Mavericks stand at 2nd place in the all-time list with 31.6 average age. That lineup was bannered by Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Jason Kidd, Shawn Marion, and Peja Stojakovic. Dallas beat the LeBron James-led Miami Heat back then. If James learned his lesson, he would have no problems leading the Lakers to the finals with an aging core. 

You can view the oldest and the youngest teams to win an NBA championship on this LINK

Stacking up the team with players who were once superstars can be tricky. The ego has to be taken out of the picture. Can Melo be efficient with fewer touches? Can Westbrook and Rondo co-exist after having endless battles on opposing teams before? Like any championship team proved in history, chemistry will be crucial. No matter the team's age, as long as the players learn to play for each other, the path to the title becomes more achievable. 

Kevin Durant blasts Philly fans for their chants towards Ben Simmons

Should the Brooklyn Nets regret trading for Kevin Durant?

The Durant-Irving partnership in Brooklyn could arguably go down as the most disappointing one in NBA history.

Detroit Pistons legend Rick Mahorn and Indiana Pacers legend Reggie Miller

Reggie Miller on who he hated facing on the bad boy Pistons — “He ​​had a crazy look in his eye all the time”

There’s a reason why Miller's most feared Pistons player was dubbed as the “Baddest Bad Boy of them all.”

San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan and guard Manu Ginobili

"I lost a lot of sleep because of him" — Chauncey Billups reveals who deserved to win the 2005 NBA Finals MVP

Tim Duncan won the 2005 NBA Finals MVP. But Chauncey Billups, as well as some fans, believed the trophy belonged to someone else.

Michael Jordan

Beer drones — the best feature on Michael Jordan's exclusive golf course

Do you want to be a member of the exclusive The Grove XXIII club? Michael Jordan has to invite you first.


Miles Bridges' wife exposes him for domestic violence

The NBA community needs to to better. ”I won’t be silent to protect others anymore because I value myself and my kids more than anyones ‘image’”


“The whole NBA just saw this movie” — Zach Lowe shuts down the idea the Lakers could trade for KD and Kyrie

According to the numbers the trade works. Can you count anything out in the modern NBA?

Jaylen Brown responds to Draymond Green's comments

Jaylen Brown fires back at Draymond Green: "Draymond got a podcast and lost his damn mind"

Draymond Green claimed he knew that the Boston Celtics were already defeated mentally after Jaylen Brown's statements. The Celtics forward had something to say to Green on his Twitter.

Tom Brady to Anthony Edwards - “I know the money is good but you’re playing the wrong sport”

Tom Brady to Anthony Edwards -“I know the money is good but you’re playing the wrong sport”

Edwards responded that since Brady’s friend and teammates Rob Gronkowski retired this offseason, maybe he could help fill his void