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Luke Walton and Rob Pelinka explained why the Lakers want Brandon Ingram to work with Kobe Bryant

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Los Angeles wants one of their former stars to work with one of their most promising young players.

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Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach Luke Walton managed to have a 10-year playing career, but it wasn’t because he was a superstar player. Walton was obviously more talented than the general population, but for an NBA player, he didn’t have the potential that allows a player to get to the next level.

He and the Lakers front office believe rookie forward Brandon Ingram does have that type of talent, and it’s why they want him to work with Kobe Bryant this summer.

However, while the Lakers want Ingram to work with Bryant (whom he said he’s texted back and forth with), they aren’t going to force him, or any player, to do so.

It sounds like Ingram wants to make those workouts happen, so it seems likely Tiny Dog and the Black Mamba will form a dynamic training duo this summer at a gym in Southern California.

All stats per NBA.com. and Basketball-Reference.com. All quotes transcribed via Periscope. Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here, or listen to our thoughts on the season below), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.