Brandon Ingram takes over Kobe Bryant's locker
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Brandon Ingram takes over Kobe Bryant’s locker

When Kobe Bryant retired, he took numerous things with him: Laker fans’ hearts, 5 championships, 2 NBA Finals MVPs, 18-time NBA All-Star Appearances, 4-time NBA All-Star Game MVPs among other things. But one thing he couldn’t take was his locker. With legends such as Kobe and possibly with Tim Duncan retiring, a generation of players are disappearing from the league and college drafted players are entering and filling up the vacant lockers.

Brandon Ingram, the 6’9 forward from Duke University and Los Angeles Lakers pick, has settled in with his new team and into Kobe Bryant’s old locker.

The National Basketball Association reports that “Ingram, the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, was given the same locker that belonged to the man who won five titles in 20 years for the Lakers: Kobe Bryant. However, at his introductory press conference later that day, the 19-year-old- kept a cool head about stepping into the spotlight that Bryant has left vacant.”

With Duke, Ingram played 36 games, starting 34 of them, and averaged 17.3 points, 1.1 steals, 1.4 blocks, 2 assists and 6.8 rebounds. Does a six something guy that averages more points than anything else and was drafted into the NBA at 18 years old sound familiar?

Perhaps taking over the legend’s locker is the first step into becoming a legend himself? Only time will tell.

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