The Los Angeles Lakers have positioned their franchise to rest on the shoulders of Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball, their prized No. 2 picks in back-to-back drafts. The chemistry they build together means the world, and Ingram had nothing but great things to say about being Ball’s teammate in an expansive interview with Lakers reporter Mike Trudell.
Ingram, along with Lakers assistant coach Brian Keefe, met with Trudell to discuss Ingram’s progression through the summer. There’s some fantastic information about the adjustments Brandon’s making to his shooting mechanics, which I went into a bit right over here.
It’s far too early to tell for anyone how well they’ll mesh on the court, but Lonzo’s first assist after being drafted by the Lakers being a lob to Ingram may be a sign of good things to come. Trudell bypassed the X’s and O’s, which will take time for the whole team to sort out once training camp starts, and asked Ingram for his thoughts on Lonzo on a personal level.
The response is pretty much exactly what the franchise wants to hear (via Lakers.com):
INGRAM: You love everything on the court about him. The way he passes the basketball. His demeanor. The way he works. But I think the thing about him is his attitude and his character. The way he passes the basketball like no one else … but he’s different.
He’s always joking. Just a great guy, someone you want to play with. You can go around with a guy of his caliber, the way he plays, he could be cocky … but I don’t see anything cocky. He’s humble. He comes in here early and works every day. He’s just him, he doesn’t want to be anybody else.
That sounds like a model teammate and camaraderie that should only grow as they press into a fresh season together.
We’ll take some of this too: