Lakers bench: Ready for playoffs?

Updated: March 14, 2011, 1:57 AM ET
By Stephen A. Smith | ESPNLosAngeles.com

DALLAS -- Kobe Bryant is old. So are Pau Gasol, Derek Fisher, Ron Artest and Lamar Odom. None of them will admit this, of course, relying on birth certificates and the omission of Social Security checks on the near horizon to buffer their claims of youth and enthusiasm. But as the saying goes: It is what it is.

Each is older than 30, with at least a decade of NBA mileage on his body. That's 82 regular-season games, excluding playoffs. That's short summers, constant conditioning and travel. ...

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