Charles Barkley doesn't think that the Lakers are a championship contender.
Not even with Steve Nash back in the mix.
"Never start a conversion with, 'There’s help on the way from a 39-year-old,'" Barkley said of Nash on “Mike & Mike” on ESPN Radio. "That’s never a good way to start a conversation. There’s help on the way, but he’s 39 years old. It’s not going to work. They’re not a contender."
The Lakers may have some of the best players in the game in Nash, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol -- but Barkley doesn't think that their talent can compensate for their age.
“They’re old, slow and unathletic,” Barkley said. “I have great respect for Kobe Bryant but I never thought this thing was going to work. Everybody went crazy when they won a couple games in a row but they’re old, slow and unathletic."