Why Lakers’ shut down Brandon Ingram for rest of Vegas Summer League

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers already had considered sitting Ingram at the end of summer-league to preserve their second-year forward. Nonetheless, the Lakers considered it likely Ingram will train and practice with the team during the rest of summer league.Before that, Walton said he “loved what he I saw from Brandon” as he posted a team-leading 26 points on 9-for-17 shooting with three assists, three steals and two blocks n 31 minutes.“I got back to where I played youth basketball and Duke basketball,” Ingram said after Friday’s game. “It was fun being a players’ coach.”Ingram fulfilled that role in various ways.The Lakers designed plays for Ingram as he dominated with his improved footwork and post-up moves. Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball threw what he called “a perfect pass” for an Ingram lob only 20 seconds into Friday’s game. After working on his shooting form with Lakers assistant Brian Keefe, Ingram looked more comfortable with his jumper. Meanwhile, Ingram said he has grown in an unspecified amount of weight and height. With all the comparisons Ingram sparked to Warriors forward Kevin Durant, Ingram joked, “Maybe I’ll grow to KD’s height.”“I told myself I wouldn’t weigh myself until end of the summer,” Ingram said. “I’ve been in the weight room faithfully and I’ve been eating. I don’t think it’s all about what looks on the outside. I feel stronger.”With that, Walton said “it’s good to see him do that against other guys and physical players.” The Lakers also sounded encouraged with the normally stoic Ingram becoming more vocal both in commanding the ball and harping on teammates for mistakes. Lakers second-year center Ivica Zubac joked Ingram is “talking too much” after Ingram chewed him out over a defensive assignment. Ingram added, “I want to get a little bit more out of him. I know what he’s capable of. I want to see him go in there and dominate the basketball.”Meanwhile, Ingram cheered on his teammates as he stood along the baseline at the end of Friday’s game and on the bench during Saturday’s contest.“He realizes this is his team out here this summer. I’m hoping that’s going to transfer into our team,” said Lakers assistant Jud Buechler, who is the Lakers’ summer-league coach. “He’s ready for that next step in leadership. Leadership is a lot of different things. Guys have to respect you about your work ethic. I think he has that. He has to get on the court and earn that on the court.”The Lakers believe that has already happened.“It’s just his work ethic, really,” Walton said. “When you work as hard as he does and has the talent he has, eventually he’ll figure it out.” LAS VEGAS >> In a city that has thrived on tourists making questionable decisions, the Lakers decided it was not worth the gamble on compromising a significant long-term investment.The Lakers formally shut down second-year forward Brandon Ingram for the remainder of Las Vegas Summer League, including Saturday’s game against the Celtics at Thomas & Mack Center. Ingram had suffered a camp in his right leg near the end of Friday’s summer-league opening loss to the Clippers, about a week after spraining his right ankle.Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson told Ingram and the Lakers’ coaching staff from his courtside seat that Ingram would have to miss the subsequent overtime period.“He was arguing his case that he wants to play,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “He says he feels great. Just trying to protect himself.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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