New York Knicks Could Become the Oldest Team in NBA History

by October 02, 2012

Despite how the front-office may view the roster they’ve assembled — GM Glen Grunwald told a skeptical press corps yesterday that, “We think we’re not old” — the reality for this year’s New York Knicks (assuming that Rasheed Wallace eventually comes on board) is that they could very well be the oldest team ever to gimp across an NBA floor. From the WSJ: “In July, when the Knicks lost then 23-year-old Jeremy Lin to the Houston Rockets, they picked up Pablo Prigioni (35), Marcus Camby (38), Jason Kidd (39) and Kurt Thomas (40 this week). The Knicks expect 38-year-old Rasheed Wallace, who retired in 2010, to sign with them this week. General manager Glen Grunwald said the transactions undoubtedly improved the team. ‘We don’t think we got older. We feel we got more experienced and better,’ he said, adding that these are ‘some hungry veterans that know how to win and are still very good players.’ He cited Kidd and Wallace winning titles elsewhere, and Camby having previously won the defensive-player-of-the-year award. ‘We can play,’ Camby said, bristling at the notion that he and other players might need days off during the season to stay fresh. ‘Otherwise the organization wouldn’t have brought us in here.’ […] The 2012 Knicks will be almost five years older than they were last year, when the average player was 27 years and 300 days old. Assuming Wallace signs, their top 13 players would be, on average, 32 years and 240 days old—the oldest team in NBA history, according to Stats LLC. No team has ever gotten so much older from one season to the next.”