Luke Walton felt bad for punishing Brandon Ingram. The Los Angeles Lakers were down by 30 — THIRTY! — points at halftime to the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, so he decided an entirely new five-man unit would start the second half. That meant that Ingram, who had been playing his best basketball of his short professional career, would be lumped in with the guys who weren’t playing with pride.
“It [stinks] for you that you have to sit out, too,” Walton told Ingram, via Mark Medina of the Orange County Register. “You’re out there playing your tail off.”
Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell didn’t think Ingram deserved it. Walton admitted it was “unfair,” but said it was part of Ingram’s responsibility to get everybody else ready to play. Even as a 19-year-old rookie, apparently.