Brandon Ingram was on a great run post-All-Star weekend before a Deep Venous Thrombosis diagnosis sidelined him. He was averaging 28 points per game and really started to hit his stride. It was tough for him to be sitting on the bench, but he already has himself in the right mindset.
Ingram on post All-Star (28 ppg): "It was a change of mindset. I went into the game and just played basketball. Nothing was forced. Going to the basket or shooting … it was just me playing basketball, using my abilities, having muscle memory of everything I shot in the gym."
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) April 10, 2019
The Lakers roster changed so much in the last year, so there were always going to be some challenges with figuring out how the team would mesh together. Ingram decided that instead of trying to fit into a specific role on the team, he would go out and do what he does best.
Due to his season being cut short, there’s a lot of work that needs to be done in the offseason to get ready for next season. Ingram is still recovering from the surgery he had, but the people he surrounded himself with helped him through it and he’s remained positive about getting back into the gym.
Brandon Ingram on his blood clot (1/2): "I was kind of worried. I heard people talk about the Chris Bosh thing. I think people around me, they kept me grounded. Kept me smiling. They told me everything was going to be alright…"
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) April 10, 2019
Lakers fans have seen his potential and he still has a lot of room for development. Hopefully, this is just a temporary set back and doesn’t become something that ends his playing career since they were able to catch it early and take the necessary steps to make sure he’s healthy going into the next season.