🔹️"It's like I don't have a first name," said Ingram, the corners of his mouth curling up at the realization. "It's really ‘B.I.,' ‘B.I.,' ‘B.I.' Even my fans call me ‘B.I.' The commentators call me ‘B.I.' That's the name they gave me as soon as I got here."
🔹️"He could average 25 right now if he wanted to," Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball said of Ingram.
Durant, it turns out, averaged 25.3 points in his second NBA season.
🔹️Ingram is at 16.1 points per game. Part of it is due to the Lakers' communal style of offense; part of it is that Ingram believes—despite all his progress—he could be clearly more productive right now.
🔹️"I've made a jump, but I still feel like I could play a lot better. Right now," Ingram said. "I can play better right now. I know I'm going to be really, really good in the future if I stay healthy and I continue to work on my game, but I always try to stay in the present to see how good I can be right now. I'm trying to make sure I use every single practice, every single game."
🔹️Here's the truth: Ingram's natural game is to take it to the rack.
"For me," Ingram said, "it was getting back to the way I played over my whole career."
🔹️"That's the way I always played. It took me games and repetitions of doing it over and over again [in the NBA] before I could actually start doing it," Ingram said. "Just getting more confident, getting more repetitions in it, continuing to do it. Once I saw I could do it, I just wanted to do it over and over again. Then I came in and wanted to practice it, and I just repeatedly did it. I wanted to do it over again every single day."
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