The first points of the Lakers and Clippers game (aka the Lonzo Ball debut game) was an alley-oop dunk by the Lakers No. 2 pick from a year ago, Brandon Ingram. In the next 36 minutes, the 19-year old versatile forward put up 24 more points, 3 steals, 2 blocks, 1 rebound and 3 assists, including a no-look assist of the game to Thomas Bryant.
In the final seconds of regulation, he had a shot at being the hero of the night with a game-winner but unfortunately missed and missed OT due to a cramp.
The Lakers would go on to lose the game in the extra session but Ingram’s play earned some high praise from his coach and teammates, who think he’s ready to take on extra duties and that next step to being a star in the league.
“He had a great game. I loved his leadership out there, loved what he did for us,” said Lakers summer league head coach Jud Buechler. “I was really proud of how he competed tonight.
“I think he realizes that this is his team out here this summer and I’m hoping that’s going to transfer to our team,. Leadership is a lot of different things. Guys have to respect you. It’s about your work ethic, and I think he has that. You also have to get on the court and earn that respect, and I think he’s done both. In my mind I think he’s ready for the next step.”
“We see him as a real big leader of this team. I look up to him because he’s been here,” said Lakers rookie Thomas Bryant. “He’s just been giving me pointers and helping me out there on the court.”
Clippers summer coach Sam Cassell also praised Ingram’s play.
“He’s good. He’s real good. He’s smooth. He’s tall. And he can play. I don’t think he growing no more. He better not grow no more.”
He’s probably done growing height wise but he showed growth in his game and his body is also noticeably bigger than when he made his summer league debut last year.