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Video: Brandon Ingram is hitting the weights during his time off

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Brandon Ingram has been working hard to improve his physique.

Ingram’s personal trainer shared video last week that showed Ingram working out. The New Orleans Pelicans forward is seen doing some weight work and training in a swimming pool.

Ingram was the No. 2 overall pick by the Lakers in 2016 and regarded as a talented player. He has a naturally skinny frame and is listed at 6-foot-7 and 190 pounds. If he’s able to beef up and add some muscle, that could help him as a player.

The 22-year-old is averaging 24.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.0 steals per game this season, all of which represent career-high marks. He is in his first season with the Pelicans after being traded to New Orleans in the Anthony Davis trade.

Referees miss foul of Brandon Ingram by Rudy Gobert at end of Pelicans game

Rudy Gobert foul Brandon Ingram

The referees missed a foul committed by Rudy Gobert on Brandon Ingram at the end of Monday night’s Utah Jazz-New Orleans Pelicans game that left the Pelicans frustrated.

Ingram drove to the basket and went for a layup with his team down 128-126 with under two seconds left. He was smacked on the forearm by Gobert, but no foul was called. He missed the shot and the game ended.

Pelicans players were frustrated with the no-call. Lonzo Ball said it was a foul and Ingram should have been given free throws.

They were also upset that coach Alvin Gentry and Ball’s efforts to call a timeout were ignored.

NBA referee Kane Fitzgerald answered questions for a pool reporter after the game. His explanation was Gobert played “legal defense.”

That was a missed call, and it stinks for the Pelicans.

Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart seem happy about trade to Pelicans

Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart seem to be happy about their trade to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Ingram posted a smiley face emoji on his Instagram Story not long after news of his trade to the Pelicans was reported.

Hart was also smiling on his Instagram Story:

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Saturday that the Los Angeles Lakers traded Ingram, Hart, Lonzo Ball and three first-round draft picks to the Pelicans for Anthony Davis.

Though Ingram had plenty of playing time with the Lakers, he has been a part of trade rumors for nearly two years and may find a measure of relief in finally seeing that come to an end. The same goes for Hart, who also may see an opportunity for more playing time now.

Only 21, Ingram is recovering from thoracic outlet decompression surgery in March. He was the No. 2 overall pick in 2016 and averaged 18.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game last season, his third in the league.

Hart is returning from knee surgery. He was a first-round pick by the Lakers in 2017 and averaged 7.8 points per game last season.

Report: Lakers willing to trade Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram for Davis

Lonzo Ball

The Los Angeles Lakers are involved in trade talks with the New Orleans Pelicans for Anthony Davis, and some information about players they’re willing to include in a deal is being reported.

The New York Times’ Marc Stein reported on Wednesday that the Lakers are willing to include Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram in deals, as well as the No. 4 overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft. Interestingly, Stein says it seems like the Lakers are trying to keep Kyle Kuzma out of trade talks.

During the reported trade talks between the Lakers and Pelicans prior to the trade deadline earlier this season, the Lakers were said to have made nearly everyone on their roster available, including Kuzma. It’s unclear whether their mind has changed, Magic Johnson’s resignation, or any other factor is playing a role in this.

Kuzma and Ball are under team control for an extra year over Ingram, who was drafted the year before. Kuzma is also the cheapest of the three and a relative bargain at his salary. He is on schedule to earn about a third of what Ball will be earning on his rookie deal.

The big kicker that could affect a trade is the No. 4 pick. Stein believes if the Pelicans feel they can draft a potential All-Star with the pick, they would find a way to make a deal.

Report: Brandon Ingram expected to make full recovery after surgery

Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing surgery on his right arm.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Ingram underwent thoracic outlet decompression surgery, but is expected to make a full recovery ahead of the start of next season.

Ingram’s season ended prematurely earlier this month on account of a very serious and scary physical issue. It sounds as though the surgery was meant to correct this and the prognosis is good, which is great news for one of the Lakers’ young pillars going forward.

Brandon Ingram likely out for rest of season with shoulder issue

The Los Angeles Lakers continue to suffer massive injury problems, with another brutal blow coming Saturday.

The team announced that Brandon Ingram has a Deep Venous Thrombosis in his arm, and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Essentially, Ingram has a blood clot in one of his deep veins, causing soreness in his shoulder. This is obviously serious, but treatable.

This comes on the heels of the possibility of Lonzo Ball also missing the remainder of the season. Out of playoff contention, the Lakers are going to be very short-handed the rest of the way.

Kyrie Irving complimentary of Brandon Ingram’s ‘unusual’ defense

Kyrie Irving

Los Angeles Lakers fans are going crazy over a quote from Kyrie Irving following Thursday night’s game.

The Lakers beat the Boston Celtics 129-128 on a buzzer-beater by Rajon Rondo. Irving had made a layup just before Rondo’s winning shot, but he was just 6-for-21 and otherwise had a tough night.

After the game, he credited the “unusual” defense of the Lakers — singling out Ingram for his length.

For the Lakers to hear that about one of their players — and their defense overall — is a big compliment. Maybe Irving wouldn’t mind teaming with Ingram … and his old buddy LeBron James.

Pacers fans taunt Brandon Ingram with funny trade chant

Indiana Pacers fans taunted Brandon Ingram with a savage chant on Tuesday.

Ingram was at the free throw line early in the Los Angeles Lakers’ game at Indiana. While at the line, Pacers fans taunted him with a “LeBron’s gonna trade you” chant.

The chant is in reference to Ingram’s name being part of trade talks between the Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans involving Anthony Davis and seems to be quite appropriate.

For those who haven’t been paying attention, this sort of thing is commonplace for Pacers fans. They taunted Kelly Oubre earlier this year, and they had an even better chant for Matt Barnes a few years ago.

10 NBA players off to a disappointing start

Andre Iguodala face

It’s far too early for any NBA fans to be panicking — we’re only three weeks into the season! But that doesn’t mean we should discount the start of the season entirely.

Some teams that were expected to contend for a top seed have fallen short of expectations (looking at you, Sixers, Jazz, Lakers, and Celtics). On an individual level, some players have also gotten off to a sluggish start. Here are 10 players who have struggled early in the season.

10. Marc Gasol, Grizzlies

Gasol will soon turn 34, so we had to know his decline was coming soon. Unfortunately, it looks like the 7-foot-1 Spaniard only has a couple years left in the league. He’s still getting plenty of burn (32.4 minutes per game) and his rebounding numbers (8.9 per game) are respectable, but his offensive productivity and efficiency have dropped. His scoring average has been on a gradual decline since 2016, and it’s now down to 14.4 per game. He’s shooting only 42 percent from the field, the lowest number of his career. The Grizzlies are off to a somewhat surprising 6-4 start, and they could hang around the West’s eight-seed line – but they’ll need more output on offense from the skilled big man.

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Brandon Ingram admits surprise over brevity of suspension

Chris Paul Rajon Rondo

Many observers were surprised by the relatively lenient suspensions resulting from the fight between the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets, and it turns out at least one player involved was among them.

Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, who threw a punch in the fight, only received a four-game ban. He admitted Monday that it was less than he was expecting.

Ingram actually got the longest suspension of anyone involved, as he threw an obvious punch without really being involved in the initial incident. Lakers guard Rajon Rondo got three games after allegedly spitting on Chris Paul and throwing the first punches, while Paul got two games for punching back. Nobody would have been shocked if those punishments had been twice as long, but the NBA clearly thought this was enough.