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Brandon Ingram
Brandon Ingram
Position: F
Born: 09/02/97
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:195 lbs. / 88.5 kg.
Salary: $6,347,310
Strength was an issue for Brandon Ingram last season. He was moved around by bigger defenders on the offensive end and overpowered by opponents defensively. Inconsistent play led to flat-lining confidence. “There were just a lot of expectations,” Ingram told Yahoo Sports. “Coming to L.A., being the No. 2 pick. I always try to stay within myself. I think last year I kind of lost myself. I lost a little bit of confidence. I wasn’t comfortable until the last two months of the season. It was just a whirlwind. Going on the road, playing at home — it was crazy. Having a chance to come back in my second year, knowing what it’s all about, it’s been easier.”
Ingram first noticed results late in the summer, during one-on-one games. The Lakers noticed soon after. Suddenly, Ingram wasn’t getting moved around quite as much. His ability to finish at the rim improved. Consider: Last season, Ingram took 228 shots at the rim, connecting on 56.1 percent of them. This season Ingram has already attempted 178 — and has made 56.7 percent of them. “He’s able to take more contact than he was last year,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “Which is huge for him because he is so good at getting those angles and getting to the rim with his length. The stronger you get, obviously, you can absorb that contact and still be on balance to finish those plays.” Said Ingram: “[The strength] has helped my confidence. Driving to the rim I feel like I can take the physicality, the bumps. Getting to my spots is easier. Of course, I can get a lot stronger, but the jump that I made from last year has really helped.”
How much does it help having Coach Walton for a second year in a row? And now that you’ve had experience with him and his system, how is your chemistry? Brandon Ingram: Chemistry-wise, we’re really good. Everybody gets along. Me and Coach Walton have a really good relationship. I can always go to him, even to talk about things that I don’t like. We’ve developed a relationship where we can always talk about the different things that we’re seeing on the floor. We discuss how we can get better [as a team] and how I can get better individually.
How much does it help having Coach Luke Walton for a second year in a row? And now that you’ve had experience with him and his system, how is your chemistry? Brandon Ingram: Chemistry-wise, we’re really good. Everybody gets along. Me and Coach Walton have a really good relationship. I can always go to him, even to talk about things that I don’t like. We’ve developed a relationship where we can always talk about the different things that we’re seeing on the floor. We discuss how we can get better [as a team] and how I can get better individually.
Kevin Durant recently complimented you, saying that you are a “killer” and that you’re the first player he’s seen where he feels like he’s “looking in the mirror.” How does it feel having stars like Durant and others speak so highly of you? Brandon Ingram: It makes me want to continue to try to get better, continue to try to be the best player on the floor every single night and continue to work hard on the floor.