Brandon Ingram is perhaps the most interesting and important player on the Lakers as we begin this new season. Is he a blue chip prospect who will make repeated all star visits in his prime, or is he going to end up “just” a really good role player? Where he falls on this spectrum will massively impact the Lakers’ future, and I see a wide variety of possible outcomes.
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The Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Denver Nuggets on Monday night, 113-107, in the Staples Center debuts for Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma. Kuzma put together yet another strong scoring game, scoring 23 points on 9-17 from the field, including 4-9 from 3-point range. The arc was even kinder to the Nuggets, who scorched the nets at 15-27 from distance, including a 25 point performance from Gary Harris that included 5 triples.
In this Laker Film Room video, I take a look at Kuzma, Ball, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, including quotes from Tuesdays’ practice from both Kuzma and Randle. A separate video that focuses on the Lakers’ porous 3-point defense will follow in the next day or two. Continue Reading…
The Los Angeles Lakers fell to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night 108-99, in a predictably sloppy game. Luke Walton warned that the Lakers had installed “zero percent” of the half court offense just a day before, and that was reflected in a very limited menu of plays on display at the Honda Center in Anaheim. The Lakers also struggled defensively, surrendering 10 offensive rebounds and 21 free throw attempts en route to a 61 point First Half by the Timberwolves. In the first Laker Film Room game recap for Forum Blue & Gold, I take a deep dive into specific components of of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, and Ivica Zubac’s performances. Continue Reading…
NBA Media Days are always filled with optimism. Every player is in the best shape of his life and has improved his jumper. The teams are all 0-0 and ready to put in the work needed to be better than anyone is giving them credit for. The guys are ready to show you what they’ve got. At Lakers Media day one thing is clear: the team believes a Brandon Ingram breakout is coming.
Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Julius Randle each possess unique traits at their respective positions. Lonzo is a game-changing outlet passer who rebounds extremely well for a Point Guard, while Ingram and Randle are exceptional ball-handlers for their size, and a handful in transition. Their collective offensive potential is full of both exciting possibilities and potential concerns about their long term compatibility.
In the first Laker Film Room video for Forum Blue & Gold, I went back through the entire 2016-17 season’s worth of footage to see where Ingram and Randle progressed, thrived, and struggled, while combing through Lonzo’s Summer League to project forward into the 2017-18 season. Their collective ability in transition could make the Lakers one of the most exciting fast break teams in the NBA from Day 1, but questions regarding the outside shooting of Ingram and Randle, as well as the individual scoring ability of Lonzo Ball could be problematic in half court situations. Continue Reading…
When the Lakers traded D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Brook Lopez and the 27th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the benefits were twofold. Not only did they clear some of the cap space necessary to realize their two-max dreams in 2018 Free Agency, but they also acquired a dependable scorer who could anchor the half court offense and allow younger players to grow at a more appropriate pace.
And here I thought Brandon Ingram spent his summer working on his jumpshot. Turns out, though, he might have just been listening to Skee Lo and then having his wishes get granted. Or, at least, that’s the implication from his sit-down with Lakers Reporter Mike Trudell — who himself thinks Ingram has grown an inch or two over the summer:
I speculated that maybe Ingram gained an inch or two, but the Lakers maintain his current listing at 6’9’’. Here’s how Ingram answered my question about him gaining either weight or height:
INGRAM: I’m not sure. We actually haven’t done any of that. When I came back from my little break, a lot of people were saying I gained a little bit of weight, but I’m not sure.
KEEFE: He looks bigger. He looks stronger. He feels stronger, he plays stronger. And height? I wouldn’t be surprised. It’s possible.
As our most recent podcast with Julius Randle’s trainer, Amoila Cesar, detailed, the off-season is a time for grinding and improving for the players. Like Randle, Brandon Ingram also attacked his summer training regimen, looking to improve on an up and down rookie campaign while building on the growth he showed to close out the year.
For Ingram, that seeking of improvement took many forms but he’d be the first to admit one major area he needed to tackle was improving his jumper. And in a recent sit-down with Mike Trudell of Lakers.com, Ingram detailed what exact changes he worked on to become a better shooter: