Brandon Ingram Injury: Updates on Lakers Forward's Knee and Return

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Los Angeles Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram left Friday night's game against the Utah Jazz with tendinitis in his knee. However, he is ready to return.

Continue for updates.


Ingram Active vs. Thunder

Sunday, Oct. 30

Lakers head coach Luke Walton confirmed Ingram will be available for Sunday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, adding his workload will depend on how his body responds, according to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.

The team listed Ingram as probable Saturday after an MRI found no structural damage in his knee, per Mike Trudell of the team's official website.


Latest on Ingram's Practice Status

Saturday, Oct. 29

Ingram practiced Saturday, per Medina.


Ingram Comments on Injury

Friday, Oct. 28

"My knee was feeling funny," Ingram said, per Medina. "I felt sore running."

Ingram added that the injury isn't serious, and he expects to play against the Thunder on Sunday, per Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times.


Walton Comments on Ingram's Injury

Friday, Oct. 28

Walton said Ingram "felt something" in his knee and the team decided to temporarily shut him down, per Medina.


Ingram Centerpiece of Lakers' Rebuilding Effort

Ingram became the centerpiece of the Lakers' rebuilding process in the post-Kobe Bryant era when the franchise selected him with the second overall pick in this year's draft. The Lakers will need to be patient, but he has the tools to become a superstar at the NBA level.

In his NBA debut Wednesday against the Houston Rockets, he posted nine points while going 4-of-6 from the field with three rebounds in 24 minutes of action.

The 19-year-old Duke product remained durable throughout his only season with the Blue Devils, appearing in all 36 of the team's games. Baxter Holmes of ESPN.com noted there were some lingering concerns about how his slender frame would handle the wear and tear of a long season, though.

The Lakers are likely to exercise extreme caution when it comes to getting Ingram back to his usual workload. There's no reason to risk a serious setback.

    

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