Pelicans star Brandon Ingram’s eye-opening comments on future amid Zion Williamson drama
The New Orleans Pelicans are off to a 6-18 start this season without Zion Williamson, and it’s unclear just when he’s going to make his debut, even as he gets closer to a return to the court. Fellow star Brandon Ingram has also missed a bit of time, further contributing to the poor record.
Despite having some promising young talent on the roster in recent seasons after trading Anthony Davis, the Pelicans have been a disappointment. Williamson’s health woes have obviously played a key role, and Stan Van Gundy was just the wrong coach for the roster last season.
There have already been rumblings about Zion’s future, but what about Ingram? He signed a five-year max extension right before the 2020-21 season. In a conversation with NBA.com’s Mark Medina, the Pelicans star reaffirmed his commitment to New Orleans:
“I’ve made a commitment to New Orleans that I was going to be here for five years and not knowing what was going to come with it,” Ingram told NBA.com. “Of course, I want to always be on the winning side. It’s always frustrating when you lose, you lose and you lose. But I think you find beauty in pushing hard. I’m trying to figure out a way with the group that we have with making each other better every single day.”
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Of course, players will say this sort of stuff all the time so as not to ruffle any feathers. But at some point after a lot of losing, a star will reach a breaking point and look to go somewhere else. Ingram isn’t close to that point yet, though, and he’s looking forward to finally getting back on the court with Zion.
Ingram thinks the Pelicans can make a push once the former No. 1 pick joins him on the floor:
“I don’t have any expectations,” Ingram said. “It all depends on how healthy our minds are and what we’re willing to push through. It depends on us being healthy physically. But when he gets back, I think we can be really good. I think we still have some learning to do, especially for our young guys to figure out ways to scheme on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. But I think we can make steps to be a winning team.”
Let’s hope Zion Williamson is back for New Orleans soon.