Then he collected himself and offered the kind of measured and serious response he generally does.
"No, he shouldn't be worried at all," Ingram said. "He's a great asset for our team."
Ingram spoke the morning after his best performance of the exhibition season.
The Lakers are bringing along the 19-year-old slowly, but Wednesday night against the
"I was playing a lot faster and I think I got able to slow the game down a little bit," Ingram said. "I was rebounding the basketball so I got to get on the break, playmake for myself but also for other guys. Guys knocking down shots last night."
He made seven of 10 shots, two of three from three-point range. He scored a team-high 21 points and had four assists, two steals and a team-high seven rebounds.
"I don't think it's too early to say he turned a corner," Lakers Coach Luke Walton said. "I think that was a great experience for him. I think the type of player he is, he was in this morning again before practice started, getting work in. He's had a good night. Still decided to get up early, come get his reps, which I think speaks to the player he wants to be."
For now, Ingram is still being utilized as a reserve, typically backing up veteran small forward
"They give me knowledge each and every day," he said. "Positions on the floor. How to act when I'm not on the floor. They're always there for help even if it's not basketball."
Survey says ...
In a survey on NBA.com, general managers around the league were asked which players they believed were poised for a breakout season.
Russell didn't think much of the poll.
"Don't matter to me, honestly," he said. "It's still up to me to perform. GMs aren't playing, so gotta play."
What kind of accolades would mean something to him?
"Most improved player," Russell said. "MVP. Finals. Championship. Stuff like that."
Mozgov is recovering from a bruised tailbone he suffered on Wednesday against the Warriors. He said afterward that he expected to be ready for Wednesday night’s regular-season opener against the
Calderon, who has been dealing with a left calf strain for about a week, will sit out against the Suns, the Lakers said.