Pels’ Ingram suffers concussion against Jazz

The New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram sustained a concussion against the Jazz on Sunday, the team announced Monday. 

Ingram has been placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol.

The injury occurred during the first quarter when Ingram’s teammate Naji Marshall inadvertently hit Ingram in the face after the two went for the ball.

Per the NBA’s Concussion Policy, Ingram must go through the return-to-participation process, which can begin no earlier than 24 hours from the time of injury. The return-to-participation process includes a series of steps designed to ensure an athlete exhibits symptom-free behavior before resuming full basketball activities. There is no timeframe to complete the process, as each injury and player is different, and recovery time can vary in each case.

New Orleans, who also lost Zion Williamson(hip) in Sunday’s loss to Utah, returns to action Tuesday night at home against the Mavericks.

Pelicans’ Ingram win Western Conference Player of the Week

Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram has been named the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played between Dec. 22-27, the league announced today.

The 23-year-old Ingram became the first player in Pelicans history to post at least 80 points, 20 rebounds and 20 assists through the team’s first three games of the year, and helped lead New Orleans to a 2-1 record to open the NBA season behind averages of 26.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 1.0 steals. The reigning Most Improved Player finished the week one of just four players in the NBA to be averaging at least 26 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and was also one of just four players to average at least 26 points while shooting at least .440 from the field, .470 from three-point range and .820 from the free throw line.

Ingram’s Player of the Week honors is the second of his career, after earning the award the first time last season, and is the third player in team history to win the award multiple times, joining Chris Paul (eight) and Anthony Davis (five).

Peiicans’ Griffin: ‘Brandon Ingram has earned this contract extension by virtue of everything he has accomplished

The New Orleans Pelicans have re-signed forward Brandon Ingram, the team announced today.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, it’s a five-year, $158 million max extension with the Pelicans.

“Brandon Ingram has earned this contract extension by virtue of everything he has accomplished that is visible, but we are grateful to be able to deliver it to him because of everything he has done that has remained largely hidden to those outside this organization,” said Pelicans Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin. “His tireless work ethic and dedication to his craft are matched only by his desires to help deliver long-term success for his team, our fan base, and the communities he lives in.”

The 23-year-old Ingram, who was acquired by New Orleans in a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers last summer, is coming off his best professional season in 2019-20, earning his first All-Star Game selection and winning the 2019-20 NBA Most Improved Player Award. In 62 games last season, the four-year veteran averaged career-highs highs in multiple categories, including points (23.8 – ranked 14th in NBA), rebounds (6.1), assists (4.2), and steals (0.9).

Selected second overall out of Duke University in the 2016 NBA Draft, Ingram has appeared in 252 career games with the Lakers and Pelicans, holding career averages of 16.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 3.2 assists.

 

 

Gilbert Arenas: ‘Ingram was your future, but Kuzma is better’

Former NBA star Gilbert Arenas has never been shy about expressing his opinions, which is a good thing!

When it comes to the Los Angeles Lakers, Arenas believes that rookie Kyle Kuzma is better than second- year player Brandon Ingram.

“Ingram was your future, but Kuzma is better. He’s has a better feel; he plays better,” Arenas told TMZ Sports earlier this week.

Kuzma got his first start last night against the Brooklyn Nets, and did not disappoint. He finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds as the Lakers beat the Nets 124-112 at Staples Center.  Both Kuzma and Ingram were in the starting lineup against Brooklyn.  Ingram played well, too. He finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Is Kuzma better than Ingram? Maybe, but both can play and grow together. As we saw last night, playing these two together can work.