LOS ANGELES- Brandon Ingram may be soft spoken, but the Los Angeles Lakers’ rookie forward has proven time and time again this season that he’s no pushover. Despite often being the skinniest and youngest player on the floor, Ingram has seemed to be at or near the center of ever Lakers’ scuffle this season, ready to defend a teammate.
Friday night was no different. Ingram came to the aid of Nick Young after he was shoved by Milwaukee Bucks forward Greg Monroe, shoving the seven-footer away from his teammate and having some words with the veteran reserve as referees and (much to the chagrin of Lakers head coach Luke Walton) Bucks employees tried to break up the brouhaha.
"I know Monroe pushed some of our players, and we aren't going to have none of that,” Ingram said following the game. “I know he might have smacked me in the face too, but we ain't going to have that either. It's just something that's not going to happen."
Ingram even took the rare step of taking to Twitter to let fans know he wasn’t backing down from the Bucks’ bulky forward:
Yea I doubt it cuz. He got off doe https://t.co/ARrZKwJU1g— Brandon X. Ingram (@B_Ingram13) March 18, 2017
First of all, that was a solid pun from Ingram. Second, to put into context how rare Ingram taking to Twitter is, it was his fifth tweet this month and 14th tweet of 2017.
Julius Randle found the whole thing hilarious:
March 18, 2017
The Lakers may have the second-worst record in the league, but from DeMarcus Cousins to Greg Monroe, they and Ingram certainly don’t back down from a fight.
All quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.