Brandon Ingram has surged in his fourth season after three years with the Los Angeles Lakers. The New Orleans Pelicans swingman looked back to his last season in L.A. and admitted the energy wasn’t always great in the locker room.
“The team was a little rattled. Coming in every day, it wasn’t always good,” Ingram told Mark Medina of USA TODAY Sports. “It wasn’t always good energy.”
Ingram was traded along with two of his young teammates — Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart. Hart still festers some displeasure for the organization by the way they traded him on a whim, without any communication to inform him of the deal, either before or after the transaction.
However, Ingram doesn’t resent the Lakers, rather choosing to move on with a new opportunity at hand:
“I’ve never been in a position of GM. I don’t know how it could’ve been handled,” Ingram said. “I know it’s hard decisions to be made. I know these decisions had to be made to make them a better team, and they’re obviously a better team this year. So I don’t know how I would’ve handled it. They had to handle it how they handled it, and it worked out great.”
So far it has indeed worked out great for Ingram, who has since become his new team’s leading scorer with averages of 26.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game. Hart likely witnessed that same bad energy in the locker room last season but finds himself in a much better position with his new team, now away from the drama of trades and no longer worried about changing places in the near future.