I’m a big believer in speaking things into existence. Your thoughts eventually become reality when you think it, and then set plans in motion to make those things happen, it’s the law of attraction. I saw Brandon Ingram being interviewed a few days ago and he was asked how he felt about his role as a back up. I forget his exact words but he gave the politically correct, “Whatever is best for the team is what I’m going to do,” blah blah blah answer. When you looked into that young mans eyes as he spoke, you could see the fire raging. That look in his eye told me everything I needed to know, Ingram knows he should be a starter for the Lakers at this point in the season.
I could see that thought bouncing around in his head all along, and I knew at that moment that it was only a matter of time before Ingram was made an every day starter. You can tell me all you want that you want to be a star, but simply speaking without action will get you no where. Brandon Ingram has put together both aspects and it finally paid off with him being inserted to the starting line-up tonight against the Knicks. Granted it took 53 games, but you know what the Canadian Urban Philosopher Drake says, “better late then never, but never late is better.” BTW, if you’re wondering when it’s appropriate to use a Drake lyric in a story, the answer is always.
Also, I happened to tweet #FreeIngram a few nights ago when I could clearly see he was in a funk. It is also always appropriate to talk about Twitter and Worldstar at anytime in a story, BTW. Anyway, do you know how powerful your mind is? Depending on the thoughts you have your mood and attitude can change immediately. I could see that Ingram felt caged coming off the bench, he looked like a caged beast waiting to get released. Imagine being the #2 player drafted in the draft and having to sit down while the veterans show you the ropes. You have to check your ego at the door.
Now that Ingram is running major minutes along side D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle as a starter he can go out there and just have fun. Of course playing with the best players on the team for longer periods of time will only ultimately elevate your game, too. Ingram played a team high 32 minutes tonight and played four different positions. He went 5-11 from the floor, grabbed 7 rebounds and put up 14 points. He guarded Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis tonight, not too many rookies, let alone vets can do that.
More than anything this will free any doubts Ingram has as to if he can play at this level. He can come out firing from the gate instead of having to come of the pine. He handled himself well tonight against Melo and the Unicorn which makes me happy. I’m sure it makes the rest of Lakers Nation happy. And when you have happy thoughts, positive things happen to you. Let’s keep the good times rollin’.