Los Angeles Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram revealed that Kobe Bryant is his favorite player of all time. The 19-year-old small forward, eyes to work out with the Lakers legend to further develop his skills.
The Lakers selected Brandon Ingram as the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. Some people believe that he could be the Lakers next franchise player because he showed the potential to become a superstar. With the retirement of “The Mamba”, Ingram uses his locker room and took Bryant’s spot on the team.
Ingram showed great respect for the Lakers legend and revealed that Kobe is his favorite player of all time.
So far, Ingram is yet to live up from expectations of a second overall pick. In 34 games this season, Ingram is averaging 7.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game. The 19-year-old forward struggled in his rookie campaign shooting 34.8 percent from the field and 25.3 from the three-point range.
However, like Ingram, Kobe Bryant also failed to make an impressive rookie season. In the 1996-1997 NBA season, he only averaged 7.6 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.3 assists. Still, his poor start didn’t hold him back as he is now one of the greatest basketball players in the history.
BRANDON INGRAM WANTS TO LEARN FROM KOBE BRYANT
The Lakers strongly believe that they have a star in the making in Brandon Ingram. The rookie forward always tries to do his best to improve his performance and immediately adjust to the NBA game. Recently, Ingram expressed his desire to work out with Kobe Bryant.
Ingram called Bryant a smart player and admitted that he wanted to emulate his work ethic and footwork.
“It would be fun to play with him, but I think learning from Kobe,” Ingram said. “Just his demeanor, just him going on the court, his mentality. Just trying to pick his brain a little bit, the different things he sees on the court.”
Ingram is not the first person to approach “The Mamba” as Gordon Hayward and Buddy Hield did use workouts with Bryant as a resource over the summer. Ingram will undeniably learn a lot from Bryant which could help him become one of the future superstars in the league.
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