THE METAMORPHOSIS OF BRANDON INGRAM

October 9, 2018 on BleacherReport.com
https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2799723-the-metamorphosis-of-brandon-ingram

Attack. That’s all Brandon Ingram is thinking. He sees LeBron James dribbling at the top of the key, crossing over, left to right. Ingram approaches James and crouches down into a defensive stance.

Tiny Dog versus The King.

Yes, Lakers players still call Ingram “Tiny Dog”ā€””Tiny” because, as a rookie, he was so skinny, so light that he looked like he might blow away in the wind. “Dog” because he isn’t afraid to challenge anyone.

Not even LeBron.

Tiny Dog bends low, steadying his gaze on The King’s stomach. He swarms him with his gangly arms fully extended. He wants to make him feel his 7’3” wingspan, to make the words scrawled on his arms look close enough to read.

It doesn’t matter. LeBron torches him from every spot he chooses. Ingram closes out to play him tightly. He slides his feet quickly. But LeBron hits one shot after another. On offense, Ingram gets solid looks. But his jumpers miss short, and he is unable to fall into a rhythm. (READ FULL STORY HERE).