Before each game they worked together on the court, reaching for the same goal.
A skinny 6-foot-9 forward — a teenager who was a second overall pick — and a coach tasked with his development. The player was given a schedule to create a routine so he could learn habits that would stay with him throughout his career.
That’s the story of Lakers assistant Brian Keefe and Brandon Ingram.
It’s also the story of then-SuperSonics/Thunder assistant Brian Keefe and Kevin Durant.
“Taught me everything I know,” said Durant, a seven-time All-Star and league most valuable player in the 2013-14 season. “About work ethic, being a pro. He wouldn’t take any credit for it, but he...