The Los Angeles Lakers are now starting the new era of their franchise after future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant retired. Brandon Ingram, who was picked second overall in the 2016 NBA draft, became the emerging candidate to be the Mamba’s successor.
Brandon Ingram is officially the member of the Los Angeles Lakers and part of the young roster who will continue the team’s legacy in the post-Kobe Bryant era. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has given the pressure to Ingram of being the new face of the franchise in the succeeding years.
“I saw where my locker was, and I definitely knew it was Kobe’s locker,” Ingram said Tuesday at his introductory news conference at the Los Angeles Lakers’ training facility. “I know [general manager] Mitch [Kupchak] told me I had some big shoes to fill when I came in here, but I liked it. I like the pressure that’s on me right now. It’s going to motivate me to do good things on the court. It’s all good pressure for me.”
The 6-foot-9, 190-pound Ingram is frequently compared to the former Thunder superstar Kevin Durant because of having a similar physique. Despite being skinny, Brandon Ingram can hit multiple shots in the three-point range and a good defender whether near or away from the basket.
Lakers new head coach Luke Walton praised Brandon Ingram for having a high basketball IQ, overall skill-set, handles, post moves, and defense.
“Ingram is a basketball player,” Walton said. “I’m very excited about what he can do. Now obviously he’s young and there’s a lot of work to do, this is a grown man’s league…But, I’m very excited about the way he’s played so far.
Luke Walton noted that Ingram has lots to improve in order to succeed in the league. Brandon Ingram needs to develop his body to be able to match with NBA veterans like LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Also, the acquisition of Luol Deng makes him questionable to be a starter next season.
However, Brandon Ingram claimed that he is not intimidated by the challenge. He said that he is willing to battle for the starting position while learning under Deng’s guidance next season.
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