Pelicans’ Brandon Ingram slaps LeBron James in the face with Zion Williamson comments
Did New Orleans Pelicans swingman Brandon Ingram seriously forget he shared the floor with one of the greatest players in NBA history?
Ingram was asked Thursday about both Zion Williamson being named a Western Conference All-Star reserve after the former No. 2 pick earned that honor last season. The Duke product spoke highly of Williamson, to say the least:
“I’ve never played with a player as talented as me,” Ingram said, via Pelicans reporter Eliot Clough. “He’s a generational talent.”
There’s just one problem with this, of course: Ingram has played with LeBron James. The 23-year-old was James’ teammate during LeBron’s first year in L.A. in 2018-19, though it was a season rife with drama and trade chatter.
The latter part in particular could explain why Ingram might be so quick to forget about his lone season with James. Los Angeles was an organization in disarray that season, with James openly campaigning for the Lakers to trade for Anthony Davis and Magic Johnson resigning as president of basketball operations after a deal for Davis fell through.
Of course, Brandon Ingram was arguably the headliner in the eventual trade for “The Brow” anyway. Perhaps his resentment of how the whole saga went down is the cause for such a statement.
Granted, Williamson is certainly a generational talent. Zion has taken the NBA by storm in his sophomore campaign, averaging 25.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists while shooting a whopping 62 percent from the floor. Still, his career is in its infancy, relatively speaking.
James, on the other hand, is already regarded by many as the greatest basketball player to ever live. Suffice to say, Ingram is going to take some heat for these comments.