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Gregg Popovich dubs Kevin Durant's Brandon Ingram praise as 'unfair'

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Kevin Durant intended to heap praise on young L.A. Lakers forward Brandon Ingram earlier this week by comparing him to himself.

The new Golden State Warriors forward, who has seen what the 18-year-old can do up close and personal while with Team USA, said watching Ingram was 'like looking in a mirror'.

However, not everybody was impressed with his comments. Gregg Popovich, the future USAB head coach and current leader of the select team, believes the statement from the 2014 MVP is heaping unnecessary pressure on his young shoulders.

"I don't know what Kevin's thinking about, but if he said it, he's got to live with it," coach Pop said. "[It's] Pretty tough to compare someone to Kevin Durant. Almost unfair."

Even before KD's statements, there had been many comparisons between the seven-time All-Star and the 2016 draft second pick after his performances at the Las Vegas Summer League.

Durant's words were meant to be a ringing endorsement of the evident quality Ingram possesses, however, it's clear to see how it could have an adverse effect on his development.

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At such a tender age, the young forward is carrying the burden - alongside D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle - of restoring the famous L.A. Lakers to their former glory.

Playing in such a big market brings its own form of scrutiny, and if Ingram fails to deliver straight away then questions will unfairly be asked of him.

During Summer League, he showcased the talent that led him to challenge Ben Simmons to be the first pick of 2016; scoring at will in his 22-point performance against the Utah Jazz and showing some Durantesque - we know - moments.

However, the evident shortcomings in his game were highlighted. His physical stature has always been a problem and it will continue to be scrutinised once the season tips off. At the age of 18, his body is still developing.

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