Magic Johnson Praises Lakers Forward Brandon Ingram For Staying With Team In Summer League
Why A Nba Summer League Championship Means Something For The Lakers
Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers came back from the NBA Summer League having fulfilled their mission to go to Las Vegas and win it all. Although the team was able to win the championship, they did it without arguably their best player in Brandon Ingram.

The Duke product went down with a cramp in his leg in the first game the team played in Las Vegas and was promptly ruled out for the rest of Summer League as a result. Despite being ruled out and having the ability to go back to Los Angeles, Ingram chose to stay regardless and support his teammates.

Apparently, Ingram’s choice to stay and show his support made an impression on Magic Johnson. During the introductory press conference for free agent signee Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Johnson made a point of it to praise Ingram for staying in Las Vegas, via Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters:

On more than one occasion, Johnson has dubbed Ingram the future face of the Lakers franchise in the post-Kobe Bryant era. Magic also had a similar statement for rookie Lonzo Ball but seems to be leaning toward Ingram being the player the team will build around moving forward.

Regardless of whether Ingram or Ball is the new star attraction for this team, the Lakers appear to have a bright future ahead with these talented young players leading the way. Along with two potential stars in the making, Los Angeles may see Kyle Kuzma emerge as an important player for this team as the kind of versatile forward that flourishes in today’s NBA as well as promising rookies Josh Hart and Thomas Bryant.

You May Also Like

Lakers News: LeBron James Leads Favorite Player Category In NBA Rookie Survey, Kobe Bryant Also Receives Votes

One of the more interesting times during the offseason each year comes when the NBA takes a survey from its crop…

Post-Game Chat: Lakers are Eliminated in 5 Games

Facing their first potential close out game of the year the Los…

Lakers Keep It Close But Fall Short Against Miami At Staples

The Lakers were having a pretty decent week coming into this game…

NBA Free Agency: Los Angeles Listed As NBA City That Would Benefit 4th-Most Economically From Lakers Signing LeBron James

The reality made most clear by the Los Angeles Lakers trading Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. for two expiring…