Lakers News: Kobe Bryant personally injecting ‘Mamba Mentality’ to rookie Brandon Ingram

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Lakers young core -Brandon Ingram, D’Angelo Russell, and Julius Randle (Photo courtesy: @b_ingram13/Instagram)

Los Angeles Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram will be participating in the NBA All-Star Rising Stars Challenge on Friday in New Orleans. In line with his busy schedule, Lakers legend Kobe Bryant contacted Ingram to workout.

The arrival of Brandon Ingram in Los Angeles also marked the end of Kobe Bryant’s era in the purple and gold. Ingram, together with the Lakers young core, is tasked to continue the team’s legacy. Unfortunately, as of now, the 19-year-old small forward has failed to live up to expectations. Ingram was selected as the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft.

Earlier this season, coach Luke Walton used Ingram as a backup for veteran small forward Luol Deng. However, recently, Walton decided to change his rotation and include Ingram in the starting lineup. The move is somewhat expected since Walton already revealed that he plans to use the final months of the season to prioritize the development of his young players.

Brandon Ingram wants to be more consistent

Brandon Ingram showed improvements in some of their games. It includes a double-digit scoring against the Milwaukee Bucks and the New York Knicks. However, he failed to become consistent, proven by his two, six, and three point production in the last three games. Ingram gave a clear answer to Lakers assistant coach Brian Keefe when asked what he intended to focus on the rest of this season.

“I told him I want to work on consistency, trying to stay efficient. I think that’s been a big part of this year, just trying to stay consistent, stay efficient in my game,” Ingram said. “But of course, it comes with time and I know that, so I just try to keep getting better each and every day.”

Ingram showed his determination to improve with late night workouts after the team’s practice. Also, he’s been working with the Lakers staff to improve his shooting. In 58 games this season, Ingram has averaged eight points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in 27.7 minutes per game.

Kobe Bryant contacted Brandon Ingram to workout

Kobe Bryant expressed his intention to help the Lakers develop their young players. Recently, Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report revealed that Ingram received a text message from Bryant inviting him for a workout.

“Ingram has been longing all season for the chance to connect with Bryant, yearning to find out specifically ‘whatever he did his rookie year to get prepared’ and generally about that killer mentality that Ingram called ‘unreal.’ Ingram’s wish came true Wednesday when he got a text message from Bryant—’What up, youngin? It’s Kobe. Hit me up’—to open the door to what could be a wealth of information. Ingram initially didn’t believe it was really Kobe,” Ding wrote.

Ingram was frequently compared to Kevin Durant because of their similar physique and the way the played inside the court. However, Ingram admitted that Bryant is his favorite player growing up and wanted to learn the Mamba Mentality. Working under one of the greatest players of all time will greatly help Ingram unleash his star potential.

Photo courtesy: @b_ingram13/Instagram

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