Brandon Ingram can lead Lakers by being ‘quiet alpha’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAs a more diversified scorer, as a defender. And, perhaps most critically, as a leader.“You can see it when you’re around him every day,” Walton said. “You see how the guys react to him. … That comes from being a leader. They look at him and they get confidence from him when he’s playing well. When we need a bucket, they call his number out there to get him the ball.”No, Ingram is not the kind of player who will scream at his teammates or motivate vocally. But Coach Luke Walton says Ingram does not need to become a Russell Westbrook or Draymond Green type of leader for the rest of the Lakers to follow him.“You can definitely be a quiet alpha,” Walton said.The comparison who came to mind for the Lakers coach was his point guard in college at Arizona: Jason Gardner . The Lakers star forward smirked and shook his head before bending over in laughter.“Brandon Ingram’s new movie,” Kyle Kuzma said, “‘Slender Man,’ coming soon.”Kuzma’s shaky cell phone video, shared on social media, then panned to the promotional poster for an upcoming horror film, then back to Ingram and Lonzo Ball, as the young Lakers triumvirate visited a movie theater in Oklahoma City earlier this week.While Ingram’s frame remains lean, and a constant source of amusement for his teammates, the second-year small forward has really filled out this season. “He was the only guy on our team who didn’t talk,” Walton said. “He was the leader of our group there.”Ingram has often spoken up after bad losses, taking accountability for the Lakers’ performances. After the Lakers met as a team amid a nine-game losing streak, no player spoke out as forcefully about their need to listen to each other – and for the coaches to listen to the players – than Ingram.“I’ve seen him get loud at times,” Walton said, “and I think when he does speak up, guys really do listen because it doesn’t happen often.”Ingram is one of several Lakers dealing with injuries. He is listed as questionable to play Friday against Indiana after tweaking the sprained left ankle that he first suffered in Saturday’s overtime victory in Dallas.LET THE ACHILLES HEALThe first encouraging sign after Kentavious Caldwell-Pope left the Lakers’ loss in Oklahoma City came at halftime, when the veteran guard returned to the court to put up shots and test his sore Achilles.That, at least, indicated he had not torn the tendon.“I don’t think you can shoot on a torn Achilles,” Walton said.Well, unless you are …“Unless you are Kobe Bryant,” Walton said, “then you can make some free throws.”Despite that initial positive sign, the team’s starting shooting guard was ruled out for Friday’s game against the Pacers. He was limping in the locker room late Wednesday and received treatment from team trainers on Thursday.Caldwell-Pope will be held out along with starting point guard Lonzo Ball, who will miss his third consecutive game with a sore left knee. The Lakers are 0-8 in games without Ball this season.Ingram is questionable against the Pacers, as is Kyle Kuzma, who suffered a sprained joint in his left hand.Caldwell-Pope, who averages 13.7 points, suffered the injury when he and Westbrook vied for a loose ball, with Westbrook rolling onto Caldwell-Pope’s lower leg.“Hopefully it’s short term,” Caldwell-Pope said after the Lakers’ 24-point loss.IN A HAYESThe Lakers plan to sign G-League star Nigel Hayes to a 10-day contract this week, bringing in a player who has spent time in the Lakers locker room – just not with the Lakers.When Hayes and the Wisconsin Badgers appeared at Staples Center in the West Regional of the NCAA Tournament in 2015, Hayes made waves on social media by celebrating the discovery that he had been assigned Kobe Bryant’s locker.There will be no chance of him getting his old locker back, however. Ingram famously occupies Bryant’s old station in the locker room.A 6-foot-8 forward, Hayes appeared in 30 games this season with the Westchester Knicks, averaging 14.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and more than two 3-poitners per game.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Gerrit Cole injury update: Astros starter (hamstring) ‘good to go’ next week, A.J. Hinch says

first_img Yankees’ Aaron Judge on recent slump: ‘It’s just baseball’ Hinch told reporters after the game Cole told him he didn’t believe he was seriously hurt, and that has seemed to hold up after testing. Related News Derek Jeter says Don Mattingly’s future with Marlins will be addressed ‘sooner rather than later’ Gerrit Cole did not pitch against the White Sox on Tuesday as planned as he battled right hamstring discomfort, but he should be back on the bump in no time.Houston manager A.J. Hinch told The Athletic on Thursday that Cole will be “good to go” come next week. He’s scheduled to pitch against the Tigers on Monday. Video shows Yankees’ Brian Cashman held at gunpoint by police The Astros righty — and American League Cy Young contender — was warming up for Game 2 of a doubleheader against the White Sox on Tuesday when he abruptly stopped and left the bullpen pointing toward his leg. The 28-year-old is 14-5 this season with a 2.87 ERA with 226 strikeouts in 156 2/3 innings pitched. He’s won his last 10 starts for the AL West-leading Astros (71-51).He is a free agent after the season.last_img read more

Here are 5 things to know about the Preakness

first_imgExercise rider Willie Delgado, center, leads Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome to his stable as trainer Art Sherman, right, watches after a workout at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Thursday, May 15, 2014. The Preakness Stakes horse race is scheduled to take place May 17. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)BALTIMORE (AP) — If trainer Art Sherman coughed, no one would care. When his horse coughs, that’s news.Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome coughed after training Thursday, leaving open the possibility the horse wouldn’t be in top shape for Saturday’s Preakness.Sherman’s veterinarian discovered that the colt had a small blister in his throat. Nothing a little mouthwash couldn’t fix.“California Chrome is fine. His throat is fine. He had a little tickle,” said assistant trainer Alan Sherman, Art’s son. “He is not scratching from the Preakness. He is fine. I don’t know why it was blown out of proportion.”California Chrome is being treated with a glycerin throat wash.Now that you know that, here are five more things to ponder about the Preakness:BAD TRIP: Whether it’s a crowded field or just bad luck, Ride On Curlin can’t seem to get a smooth trip around the track.Trainer Billy Gowan bemoaned the unfortunate situation and remained hopeful that a reversal of fortune would improve his seventh-place finish in the Derby.“We just have to get a good trip,” Gowan said. “I think he’s a good horse. I think that’s all we need. And if Chrome stubs his toe a little bit, well that would help.”This is the first Preakness for Gowan, whose horse will be attempting to get into the winner’s circle for the first time in five races since Jan. 14.“There’s only one chance to run in the Preakness,” Gowan said. “The Derby didn’t take much out of him. He’s given me all the signs he wants to run.”ONE IS THE LONELIEST: Dynamic Impact won the Illinois Derby from the No. 1 post position, and that’s where he will be starting Saturday.Problem is, the rail has not been kind to horses in the Preakness.The last 3-year-old to win from the No. 1 post was Tabasco Cat in 1994. Before that, Bally Ache in 1960.Dynamic Impact trainer Mark Casse, another first-timer at the Preakness said, “Things have to go our way and he has to save ground and then move out at some point. We will be closely watching the earlier races, and there could be some last-minute changes in our strategy.”The post position that has produced the most wins, by the way, is No. 6.NEW SHOOTERS: California Chrome, Ride On Curlin and General a Rod are the only three horses to go from the Derby to the Preakness this year.“I don’t know why everybody skipped this race and is pointing toward the Belmont,” said Ron Paolucci, co-owner of Ria Antonia. “There was a lot of bouncing around at the Derby. I think people believe California Chrome is more vulnerable going a mile-and-a-half than a mile-and-3/16ths on this type of track.”The last newcomer to win the Preakness was Rachel Alexandra in 2009, the only horse in Preakness history to win from the 13th post.SPEEED THRILLS: Social Inclusion, the second-favorite in field, has led to gate to wire in his two wins and burst to the lead in his other race, the Wood Memorial, before fading to third.The lightly raced colt is expected to set the pace in the Preakness, too.“We’ll be in good position in the early stages,” owner Ron Sanchez said. “I didn’t like being on the outside in the Wood, but the Pimlico front stretch is a little bit longer. My horse is more experienced now and he is multi-faceted. He has speed and strength.”Sanchez added: “He’s going to finish. In the Wood, the track didn’t help him. This time the track is going to help us.”ODDS AND ENDS: Keep in mind that if California Chrome wins the Preakness, there is no guarantee he will become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. Thirty-three horses have won the Derby and Preakness, but only 11 backed that up with a win in the Belmont.The largest margin of victory in the Preakness was 11 ½ lengths, by Smarty Jones in 2004. He broke the record of 10 lengths, set by Survivor in 1873.If 30-1 long shot Ria Antonia wins Saturday, she could provide her backers the biggest payday in Preakness history. The record is held by Master Derby in 1975, a 23-1 shot that paid $48.80 to win.last_img read more