LeBron James has barely started his time as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, and he’s only had about a week of training camp and scattered summer scrimmages to bond with Brandon Ingram and the rest of his new organization.
This reality hasn’t stopped the media from asking James about how his relationships with everyone are going on a nearly daily basis, but on Monday — with James not speaking with reporters — it was Ingram’s turn to get quizzed on how his bond with James is progressing.
Ingram was asked if he thinks he has good chemistry with James so far, and it sounds like he thinks things are going well (via the Lakers’ official Twitter account):
”I think we do. Of course as we keep playing we’ll find our spots on the basketball court where we like to take advantage of defenders, but from a standpoint of him being a really, really good passer that’ll automatically (help).”
Also helping things is that we know James is a fan of Ingram’s game, saying “look out. I think he’s next” when asked about Ingram last week. The Lakers’ first preseason game was also a demonstration of how effective the two can be together, with Ingram feasting on single coverage as James sucked up the majority of defensive attention from the Denver Nuggets.
A week in with just one preseason game is far too early to use as a sample size from which to draw legitimate conclusions, but the Lakers are going to need this partnership to pan out if they’re to reach their full potential. Everyone knows the Lakers front office will be going star hunting again next summer, but if Ingram can show that the team has a second star in waiting already on their roster, it will not only make their pitch more attractive to prospective free agents, it will also raise the roster’s ceiling significantly.
James and Ingram building real chemistry on both ends of the floor would go a long way towards helping the third-year forward show that type of potential, so Lakers fans should be excited that Ingram thinks they’re off to a good start.
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