Jared Dudley is 34, and many Lakers players are in their mid-30s. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Lakers' Jared Dudley: Coronavirus layoff 'hurts older teams'

The Los Angeles Lakers were atop the Western Conference standings with a 49-14 record when the 2019-20 season stopped on a dime on March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Los Angeles forward Jared Dudley, 34, spoke with media members via a Zoom conference call on Wednesday, and he warned not all teams may immediately return to their pre-pandemic forms.

Per Lakers beat reporter Mike Trudell: 

There's something to be said for age being more than merely a number in this situation. Three-time NBA champion LeBron James is a once-in-a-generation athlete, but he's also 35 years old. Father Time remains unbeaten and untied. 

Guard Danny Green turns 33 in June. JaVale McGee is 32. Dwight Howard, who was enjoying a bit of a career resurrection before the season's suspension, is 34. So is Rajon Rondo. 

On Wednesday, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe reported training camp workouts could begin in June leading up to the season's resumption by late July barring unforeseen setbacks. They added that both Orlando and Las Vegas could be temporary NBA hubs for neutral games played behind closed doors and without fans. 

The Lakers may have roughly two months to get back to where they were when they won 11 of 13 contests from February 8 until the season was suspended.

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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