LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers have been somewhat up and down in the start of the 2023-24 NBA season. The Lakers are currently stuck at 19-19 at the halfway point of the season, but despite being 39 years old, James has continued to produce at an All-NBA level in his 21st season.
Recently, the former NBA star, Gilbert Arenas, participated in his Gil’s Arena Show podcast to talk about age-related hypocrisy in the debate between LeBron James and Chicago Bulls icon Michael Jordan, referring to Jordan’s difficulties in accumulating wins during his final years with the Washington Wizards.
“History shows that this is a compliment to LeBron James: when you complain that he complains that his team is not doing well at age 39, it means that you still think he is at such a high level that he has an impact on the game.”, Arenas said. “But the greatest player of all time was playing at 38, 39 years old with the Wizards and you guys weren’t saying he didn’t meet f**king standards. You used to look at that team and say, ‘Oh, these pieces of f**k are poor, yeah, they’re not good, Jordan, he plays alone.’ “, concluded Gilbert Arenas on the debate between LeBron James and Michael Jordan.
“Jordan went and GOT a team to try to make the playoffs. They didn’t make the playoffs. No one cared. Yeah, 39…He’s old.”
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– Gilbert Arenas (@GilsArenaShow) January 11, 2024