Kobe Bryant’s assessment of his Los Angeles Lakers after their loss Tuesday night against the visiting Philadelphia 76ers was harsh.
The Lakers lost, 103-99, at Staples Center to a Sixers team led by 22-year-old point guard Jrue Holiday.
"We didn’t look past them. I mean, you just saw an old damn team," said Bryant, who led the Lakers with 36 points. "I don’t know how else to put it. We’re just slow, and they’re a team that’s younger with fresher legs and played with more energy. We were just stuck in the mud. And as individuals, we all have to figure out how to get ourselves ready each and every game to have a high-level game. That’s a big thing when you’re starting to age. It’s tough, and it takes a lot of commitment."
According to ESPN.com, Bryant even went as far as saying his team was "old as s***."
The Lakers (15-16) have matched their worst start after 31 games since the 2002-03 season, when they began defense of their third straight NBA championship with a 12-19 record. They are 10th in the Western Conference, 1-1/2 games out of a playoff spot — a revolting development for a team that missed the postseason only two times in the previous 36 years and not since 2005.