Brandon Ingram Has Started Turning the Corner for Los Angeles Lakers

January 9th, 2017 by Eric Pincus Leave a reply »

LOS ANGELES — Midway through the third period of the Los Angeles D-Fenders' 123-121 Saturday victory over the Grand Rapids Drive, 19-year-old rookie Brandon Ingram arrived confused at the Los Angeles Lakers' El Segundo practice facility.

The Lakers had the day off after games Thursday and Friday night, but Ingram came in early anyway to work with assistant Brian Keefe. After taking a break, the 6'9" forward returned later that night to the Toyota Sports Center, only to find the court was occupied.

"I really didn't have any idea that they were playing," Ingram said of the Lakers' NBA Development League affiliate. "I just came in to get some shots up."

He settled instead at a nearby gym to put in his extra time.

"It's down the street, the Bay Club or something," Ingram said. "[It's] about five minutes from the facility."

This sort of conflict won't be an issue next year when the Lakers move a few blocks to the UCLA Health Training Center, their new home with two full-sized courts that is nearing completion. Regardless, it's a nice problem to have: Ingram's dedication is starting to pay off. ...

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