When it came out that Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram would be working out with trainer Micah Lancaster this summer, it was only natural for fans’ minds to run wild. How would Ingram improve? Would he be in for a leap like the one taken by Lancaster’s most famous prior client, Victor Oladipo?
We won’t get any answers until Ingram gets back on the court for real games, but the early indications appear to be promising. “I’m Possible Training” released a video of Ingram’s offseason workout with Lancaster on their YouTube channel, and the drills look impressive:
The first takeaway from this is that Ingram and Lancaster appear to be placing an emphasis on Ingram working with — and strengthening — both of his hands in order to improve his handles and make him more ambidextrous with his dribble.
It’s obvious how those skills would help Ingram and the Lakers both, especially considering how much success Ingram had as a point-forward last season. If combined with his improved shooting from last year, a newfound level of ballhandling skill would continue to further Ingram’s progression towards being a dangerous weapon both on and off the ball.
And being able to be a threat in either role will be necessary for Ingram going forward, because depending on how free agency goes for the Lakers in July, Ingram could potentially be spending his next couple of years shooting or attacking closeouts after receiving kickouts from LeBron James and/or Paul George.
However, should the Lakers’ free agency pipe dreams not come to pass, Ingram might have to ply his trade as more of a main creator with the ball in his hands, something that would allow Lonzo Ball to play off of the ball in spurts more than he could during his rookie campaign.
Either way, it’s easy to see that Ingram appears to be working on the right things this offseason. Now it’s just a matter of seeing whether or not he can master said skills.