The most intriguing Lakers workout this summer might not involve UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, Washington’s Markelle Fultz, Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox or Kansas’ Josh Jackson.
The Lakers surely will play host to those players as they evaluate their options with their No. 2 draft pick, but the most interesting workouts of the summer might involving former Laker Kobe Bryant and Lakers forward Brandon Ingram. Fresh off his rookie season, Ingram hopes to accelerate his growth by training with the future Hall of Famer in Orange County.
“Of course, it’s going to happen eventually this summer,” Ingram said in a phone interview. “I’ll pick his brain on whatever.”
Before that happens, though, Bryant stressed that growth requires more than just offseason training sessions. In an interview with Southern California News Group last month, Bryant also outlined the importance for Ingram to formulate a five-year plan regarding his NBA career. It sounds like Ingram already has etched out a blueprint.
“In five years, you can say you want to be a superstar in this league and want to win such and such amount of championships,” Ingram said. “But I also want to continue to get better and better each and every year. Of course, you want to win more games every year. But my main goal right now is to get better and get closer toward having a winning team with the Lakers organization.”
The Lakers, who finished 26-56 in 2016-17, gained another piece that should help them reach that goal when they secured the No. 2 pick in last week’s draft lottery. As Ingram acknowledged, “it’s another asset that can bring a lot of potential to our team.” The Lakers’ ability to end a four-year postseason drought likely hinges on their young players — and whoever else is added to the mix — continuing to develop together.
That explains why Ingram is among a handful of young players who have participated in informal workouts at the Lakers’ El Segundo practice facility the past week. D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., Ivica Zubac, Tyler Ennis and David Nwaba have all participated.
On Monday evening, Ingram and street artist Jonas Never donated an 8×22-foot mural to Covenant House California, a shelter that provides sanctuary and support for homeless and trafficked young people in Los Angeles. That event aside, Ingram has spent most of his offseason “getting to the gym early in the morning.”
After averaging 9.4 points and shooting 40.2 percent during his rookie season, the 6-foot-9, 190-pound Ingram continues to…