Brandon Ingram made his NBA debut last night as the L.A. Lakers knocked off the New Orleans Pelicans 85-65 in the Las Vegas Summer League.
The Duke product showed exactly what all the fuss was about with a very accomplished performance to steal the show. The number two pick tallied 12 points off an efficient 5-of-9 from the field and make an impact on the boards as well.
Sophomore guard D'Angelo Russell was delighted with the first outing of Luke Walton's young starlets and insists there is a fun aura around the franchise at present.
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"It was funner, it was funner," Russell said after the game. "Last year we had, I dunno, a reality check as a group, this year was way funner. We had a collective group that had fun playing with each other. Leading up to the Summer League, the first game, the practices were great so it was fun."
Although we're pretty sure 'funner' isn't a word, it's good to hear some renewed optimism around such a historic franchise.
Russell loved what he saw from Ingram too, and predicted big things for the rookie.
"Great man, Like I said, he didn't even look like he was trying. So I just kept telling when he starts trying, he's going to be scary. He played well.
"He was aggressive, but he was kind of just feeling the game out, he didn't force anything. He did well."
Croatian center Ivica Zubac made his Purple and Golde debut too, and Russell likened him to an all-star center in a complimentary fashion.
"Oh my god, I tell him all the time he reminds me of Marc Gasol a little bit. A bit fella with a little bit of sweetness I guess. He's really good, I don't think people know how good he is yet."
Post-Kobe? So far, so good.