The hopes the Los Angeles Lakers have for success in 2018-19 rest mostly on the shoulders of former four-time Kia MVP winner LeBron James. However, he cannot do it all for the Lakers and needs some of his younger teammates — Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and others — to take a big step forward for L.A. to thrive again.
After last night’s 128-123 preseason win against the Sacramento Kings, James couldn’t help but praise the performance of Ingram. The third-year forward finished with 31 points (on 10-for-15 shooting), 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block. That type of varied performance — one that also included an 11-for-15 mark from the free-throw line — provides the Lakers with the kind of secondary offensive option the team needs this season.
“I thought [Ingram] was great,” said James, who finished with 18 points and four assists in 16 minutes last night. “His pace, his ability to play the point and play the wing, he’s a very special talent, and we’re definitely happy to have him on our side.
“I know what I see in him, and he’s looking fo