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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2016 7:33 am    Post subject:

Whatís Brandon Ingramís Ceiling?
by Nathan Grubel - hoopshabit.com

As we reflect on our first look at Brandon Ingram in NBA Summer League action, just what exactly is his professional ceiling with the Los Angeles Lakers?

When you look at Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon IngramĎs physical gifts and knack for scoring, itís hard to not initially compare him to superstar forward Kevin Durant.

Comparisons for a player generally come from describing him to someone whoís never seen him play or needs a quick ďscouting report.Ē The thing about this particular observation, though, is that Durant agrees.

ďHe reminds me of myself, but heís a little farther along than I was at that stage,Ē Durant said after Team USA practice. ďI feel like if you continue to keep working, heís with a great organization thatís going to push him and put him in a good position to be who he is.

ďContinue to just work hard and believe in himself and everything is possible for him. Heís a great player. I watched him almost every game this season. Iím a huge fan, first person I can say that I can look at him and feel like Iím looking in the mirror. Iím rooting for him.Ē


Thatís very high praise for a rookie who hasnít played in any NBA games outside of Summer League. Durant is an established talent while Ingram is still all potential, though itís curious to think about what he means when he said Ingram is farther along than he was at this point.

Nevertheless, it seems that Ingram will hear Durantís name alongside his so long as he keeps improving and adding to his game at the next level.

But is Durant his ultimate ceiling?

Letís start by looking at their lone seasons in college. When stacking the two up, the only areas Ingram did better in (slightly) was in his three-point shooting, where he hit on 41 percent of his shots compared to Durantís 40.4 percent and assists, in which he averaged 2.0 per game to Durantís 1.3

Other than that itís not even close. Durant averaged more points, rebounds, steals and blocks per game while shooting better overall from the floor and the free throw line. Not only that, but Durant was stronger and had a weight advantage that Ingram doesnít have yet coming out of college.

So what did Durant mean when he said what he said?

It has to do with Ingramís feel for the game.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2016 7:34 am    Post subject:

Jordan Clarkson enjoying working with the new Lakers coaching staff
by Gary Kester - lakersoutsiders.com

While many players and fans alike are enjoying (or dreading) the downtime of the NBA offseason, some of the players are still hard at work. Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson has spent little time during the offseason resting up. Instead, he has constantly been in the gym, trying to improve his game for the 2016-17 season, even after landing a new four-year, $50 million contract.

This upcoming season will feature a new head coaching staff, led by Luke Walton. In a Thursday workout at the Lakersí practice facility, Clarkson made it well-known on his snapchat account that heís enjoying the new staff in place.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2016 7:36 am    Post subject:

Luke Walton To Throw Out First Pitch At Dodger Stadium
by Nathaniel Lastrapes - lakersnation.com

Throwing the ceremonial first pitch at Dodger Stadium is a rite of passage for important additions to the Los Angeles Lakers. Many Lakers from the likes of Kobe Bryant to Jordan Clarkson have had the honor of throwing the first pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

There are plenty of new additions to Los Angeles this offseason, and therefore plenty of options to throw the first pitch at a Dodgers game. According to Matt Moreno of Dodger Blue, Lakersí new head coach, Luke Walton, will make the ceremonial first pitch on Saturday when the Dodgers face the Arizona Diamondbacks:

ďLos Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Saturdayís game, and the first 40,000 fans in attendance will receive a Dodgers reusable tote bag presented by MLB Network.Ē

Walton is not new to the franchise, as he played nine seasons donning the purple and gold, but he was the hottest commodity among head coaching candidates this offseason. The Lakers made a splash when they hired Walton to be the head coach of the future, and he will be formally reintroduced to the Dodgers faithful when he throws the first pitch on Saturday.

There is a lot of pressure on those who are chosen to throw the first pitch in baseball games. There are those who throw a perfect strike, and then there is Nick Young, who ended up throwing the ball somewhere between home plate and first base.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2016 7:37 am    Post subject:

Phil Jackson: ďTodayís Players Lack The Skills To Play The TriangleĒ
by Nathaniel Lastrapes - lakersnation.com

New York Knicks President Phil Jackson is regarded as the one of the best coaches of all time in any sports. The Zen master racked up 11 championship rings, including five with the Los Angeles Lakers, by employing the triangle offense.

The triangle is known for being complex and difficult for some to understand. Recently a couple of teams have tried to employ it, including Jacksonís New York Knicks, but the results have not been great and Jackson believes he knows the reason why.

Dan Feldmon of NBC Sports reports that Phil Jackson does not believe that modern NBA players are not equipped to run his complicated offense that was responsible for so much of his success as a head coach:

ďTodayís players simply lack the skills to play the triangle. They know how to play one-on-one, catch-and-shoot, and theyíve mastered crossover dribbles, spins, playing off of screens and step-back shots. They donít know how to execute things like inside-reverse pivots and other basic footwork. They have no sense of timing or organization. They donít really know how to play five-on-five basketball. Itís strictly generational.Ē

Basketball has certainly evolved since Jackson was a head coach in the NBA. Todayís offense heavily relies on the pick-and-roll, spacing, and drive and kicks with an uptempo pace. The triangle is designed to pick the defense apart in a slower half court set.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2016 7:38 am    Post subject:

Larry Nance Jrís Top 5 Plays From Summer League (Video)
by Eric Yee - lakeshowlife.com

Here are Larry Nance Jrís top five plays from the Las Vegas Summer League

The Los Angeles Lakers have no shortage of young, talented, athletic players, but none are more explosive than second year man, Larry Nance Jr.

Son of a dunk contest champion, Nance Jr inherited one of his dadís most impressive attributes, the ability to down right jump out of the gym.

Coming into last season, fans didnít know what to expect from the 22 year old forward who played all four years at Wyoming University and was coming off of an ACL tear in February 2014, but he quickly exceeded all expectations.

With impressive in game dunks and constant hustle, Jr quickly became a fan favorite, with chants of ďLarry! Larry! Larry,Ē becoming a staple of STAPLES Center last season and this Summer League campaign was no different.

Access Sportsnet did the lordís work, compiling the top five plays for Nance from Summer League and they didnít disappoint. Though he turned defense into offense with sneaky steals and acrobatic blocks, it should be obvious that Nanceís top plays were his high flying dunks.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2016 7:39 am    Post subject:

Kobe Bryant Behind The Scenes Footage With 2008 Olympic Team
by Nathaniel Lastrapes - lakersnation.com

April 13, 2016 was a bittersweet day for fans of the Los Angeles Lakers when Kobe Bryant played the final game of his legendary career. Kobe went out with a historic 60-point performance, and now we are left with hours of highlights and five banners to remember his career.

Though most remember only his exploits while wearing the purple and gold, Kobe had plenty of highlights while rocking the red, white, and blue for Team USA.

Among these highlights is some behind-the-scenes footage from when Kobe led Team USA to a gold medal in 2008 (via @nbahistory Instagram):

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2016 7:48 am    Post subject: Re: Brandon Ingram Summer League Highlights and Analysis

LALakersUnited wrote:
Brandon Ingram has legitimate potential to be a top 5-10 player in the NBA. Once this kid puts some meat on his bones and becomes more experienced the league is in trouble.


Check out our Summer League highlights and analysis that we posted a little while ago on Brandon Ingram..

http://lakersunited.com/brandon-ingram-showed-us-vegas/

This kid is SPECIAL!!!


It's impossible to put a cap on his ceiling right now, which is what makes him one of the best prospects, if not the best prospect, in recent years. And if he's still growing, then you can throw any future projections out the window.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 6:56 pm    Post subject:

For the moment his ceiling appears to be getting a contract to sign lol.
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