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L.A. Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram explains 'sickening' weight gain routine

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Brandon Ingram has faced questions about his slender frame throughout his basketball career. Now he has reached the NBA, they have only intensified. Standing at 6'9 and weighing 190 pounds, his skills on the ball are negated by a lack of physicality.

That was put to the test during the Las Vegas Summer League, and while it caused issues with his jump shot, Ingram stepped up to the challenge and showcased his full array of talent - drawing comparisons to Kevin Durant and even being praised by the man himself, who said the L.A. Lakers youngster's skills are ahead of himself at the same stage.

Since being drafted by the Lakers with the second pick, the forward has been on a programme to help gain weight ahead of his rookie season and, in an interview with ESPN, he dubbed it 'sickening' before going on to explain his daily routine.

The 18-year-old aims to eat six times per day and even has an app that reminds him. His three meals; breakfast, lunch and dinner, are split by snacks - he even eats at midnight.

Steak, grilled chicken, mashed potatoes and creamed spinach are all on the menu in a routine that sounds far from enjoyable.

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It will all be worth it in the long run. As a teenager, he still has time to grow into his body, but this intense preparation will make sure he is ready for the rigours of a tough debut season. The Lakers are expecting a lot from him.

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