EL SEGUNDO — If Brandon Ingram gets the final say, he will be back on the court Wednesday when the Lakers host the Memphis Grizzlies.
“I can’t sit anymore,” Ingram said.
The second-year forward has missed the past two games, losses to Portland and Minnesota, due to injuries to both quadriceps – one suffered on Dec. 22 at Golden State, another two nights earlier in Houston. After going through Tuesday’s practice, Ingram said that he would play in the Lakers’ next game barring a setback.
The life of an injured ballplayer is new for Ingram, who has rarely been injured in his young career. He appeared in 79 games as a rookie, missing three with knee tendinitis. In Summer League, he appeared in just one game before being shut down by a right leg cramp as a precaution.
Officially, Ingram has a bruised right quad, and tendinitis in his left quad.
“It’s different,” Ingram said. “I don’t know what it means to sit down. I don’t know what it means to sit out. I just try to listen to my body. I try to listen to my trainers and see what they have for me and just go through it.”
In 30 games this season, Ingram has averaged 16 points on 44.7 percent shooting. He is also averaging 5.5 points, 3.3 assists and nearly one steal per game – all up from his rookie season.
Ingram is listed as questionable to play against Memphis, but all signs are pointing to him making a return against the Grizzlies.
“He looked really good,” Coach Luke Walton said after Tuesday’s practice. “I almost ‘silly-fined’ him for looking so good today (and) for not playing last night.”
Walton had to laugh when he heard that Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma was one of only five rookies to score more than 30 points on Christmas since 1976.
“I saw it is one of those weird stats,” Walton said. “I love the random day stats. There are four games on the day of Christmas and it is normally the most elite teams in the league. And normally the most elite teams…