LOS ANGELES – Tuesday marks the 140th game of Brandon Ingram's NBA career. But it was the first game he had played since Anthony Davis set the basketball world on fire when he applied for a deal on Monday linking the Los Angeles Lakers to the New Orleans Pelicans star in almost every plausible trading scenario would have.
The Lakers had a look at what they might be on Christmas day, but now they are waiting for the health, the return of LeBron James and the trading period.
To limit the whirlwind of 24 hours, Ingram scored 1
"It's just part of the business," said 21-year-old Ingram to ESPN. On Tuesday night, he left the Staples Center when asked about trading speculation. There are different chances [of where Davis could end up] to look at everything, I can only control what I can control and just be the best I can be every day I'm on the ground. "
This was an exemplary night for Ingram as he helped reduce an early 24-point single-digit deficit on a turn that scored 10 consecutive goal-scoring attempts.
His game of the night was hit by a powerful two-handed over the former teammate Corey Brewer, who triggered a and-1 call from the umpire and stared a raw scream from the earlier number 2.
"I do not think I cried so much – it was the first time I got lost in the game and play and did not think about something," Ingram told ESPN. "But secondly, it was like my vet. [Brewer] talked to me about everything, everything that went on behind the scenes, something you can not say outside, and in front of everyone else, we called each other" The Thin Twins. "We Both were under 190 pounds, that's my guy. He was really very good for me. "
The question is whether the Lakers, the team that runs the 6-foot-9 child with the 7-foot-3 Wing span designed by Duke three years ago, he will continue to be good to him or he will be part of a package to rip Davis out of New Orleans until the close of trading on February 7th.
Lakers coach Luke Walton did not speak to the situation with the entire team Monday, said a team source ESPN. Walton, however, has held several one-on-one interviews with his players, just as with the players last season when James, landing James, became an elephant in the room and eventually led to the deadline for releasing the upper limit on the broadcast date, Larry Nance Jr and Jordan Clarkson to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The speculation is "heavy" on the young people this time, the source said.
When the second guard was asked about the game Josh Hart after Davis, he introduced ignorance.
"What news? Who? I do not know what you're talking about," said Hart. "I do not care about media matters. I control what I can control and it's every day a matter of being professional with respect to my craft. "
Each Lakers trading package presented to the Pelicans would contain a combination of these Ingram, Hart, Kuzma , Ball and Ivica Zubac, as well as future Pick-ons of the first round, is unknown when this offer might arrive before the deadline, Dell Demps, director-general in New Orleans, "does not pick up his phone," said one of the ESPN on Tuesday Source:
Ingram happens to be playing some of his career's best basketball colleagues, who hit a career high on Tuesday with an efficient 22-point 9-for-11 shooting, four assists, two blocks and two steals in a win over Phoenix on Sunday In his four previous games, he twice topped 20 points while mingling with the Oklahoma City Thunder in an 11-career high-mix.
Is there a connection between his game and the swirling trade rumors
"It's just a question that I'm only taking pictures today," Ingram told ESPN. "I've been working on this part of my game over and over again and that's why I get so frustrated after the games if I miss those shots or if I do not get those shots I just watch the game better from the video [study] see, visualize it and go to the gym and take the same shots. "
Which gymnastics studio Ingram brings these footage to the series is to be determined. His continued strong play could lead to another team like New Orleans wanting him as much as the Lakers trying to cling to him.