Sure, it was merely a preseason game against a Sacramento Kings team that will be at or near the top of next Spring’s NBA Lottery, but Brandon Ingram showcased everything he brings to the table. More importantly, he did so with LeBron James sitting front-and-center on the Los Angeles Lakers bench.
Today on “Locked on Lakers,” Coach Svete and I send you off into the weekend by looking back at a really fun and exciting game against the Kings.
We start by talking about the aforementioned Ingram and what his statue might look like in front of Staples Center. I don’t remember No. 13 on Sacramento but that poor dude didn’t sleep well last night. I mean, just look at his face here.
There’s so much to love about this picture.— Anthony F. Irwin (@AnthonyIrwinLA) October 5, 2018
1. Poor 13’s face.
2. Ingram is definitely laughing.
3. I don’t think JaVale has landed yet.
4. Zubac and Svi feeling pure joy.
5. I cropped out Lance. pic.twitter.com/DuKVzl5sZG
Ingram has steadily grown more accustomed to how long and athletic he actually is. As crazy as it sounds, this can be a process sometimes. When you think about it, though, very few human beings possess the physical gifts he does, so it does take some convincing to realize, “wow, I actually can do x, y and z physically.”
More important than even the performance itself was who was watching and how LeBron reacted. From now on, James can point to the impact Ingram made on last night’s game anytime the latter starts floating.
Speaking of LeBron, Lakers fans got their first glimpse of something close to full-LeBron-mode after he was visibly frustrated with the Lakers’ effort level, giving up 39 points to the Kings in the first quarter. I read some tea leaves as to what that might’ve meant. Oh, and Pete and I both just kind of giggle at how fun that was.
Regarding those 39 points, though, in the third segment, we did discuss the defense, which needs to get better. Some of it might get fixed over time, but I maintain it might be a personnel issue.
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