Lakers’ Luke Walton pushing for Brandon Ingram to be more of a vocal leader

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBefore Ingram finished with a team-leading 21 points and five rebounds while shooting 8 for 14 from the field against the Clippers, Walton found the normally quiet Ingram be just as incredulous.“He looked mad, but he should’ve been mad,” Walton said. “I think he understood it.”That’s because the Lakers (20-52) enter Friday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves (28-42) at Staples Center with Walton wanting Ingram to take on a bigger leadership role.“It’s part of your responsibility to make sure everyone is ready to play,” Walton said. “It’s unfair that it happened for him with the way he was playing. I thought it was important to keep the message that this was about team first and individual second.”After scheduling practice on a previously scheduled day off on Wednesday, Walton called Ingram’s effort “awesome.” Walton added Ingram “busted his tail” and finished first in most of the team’s sprints. Though Ingram has allowed his work habits to speak louder than his soft words, Walton wants Ingram to raise his voice. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error EL SEGUNDO — Once the Lakers gathered in the locker room, coach Luke Walton did not just express his displeasure with his team’s play.He became so disgusted with the Lakers’ 30-point halftime deficit to the Clippers on Tuesday that he informed his starters they would begin the second half on the bench. Walton then turned to rookie forward Brandon Ingram.“It (stinks) for you that you have to sit out, too,” Walton said. “You’re out there playing your tail off.”Ingram had just 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting in 21 minutes, leaving Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell to openly question Walton’s tactic. As Russell said, “I don’t think he deserved that.”center_img “Even if you’re playing well yourself, we need more out of you. Grab someone by the jersey, lift your teammates up,” Walton said. “It was more his work ethic that allows him to be that guy. I don’t know how vocal he’s ever going to get. But we’re going to keep pushing him to keep seeing what we can get out of him with that side of the leadership role.”Finger pointingAfter the Lakers lost to Cleveland on Sunday by only five points, Walton told his players he “was really proud of the way they played.” Walton openly wondered if that praise contributed to the Lakers’ 24-point loss to the Clippers.“Maybe that let up a little bit on that hunger and desire to get that win,” Walton said. “It shouldn’t be the case.”Walton has praised his players even in losses if he feels they have shown growth in their play.“That’s the message we give, but we still want to win a game,” Walton said. “We’ve been doing this for a long time. It’s nice to get rewarded with wins every once in a while.”Taking attendanceMagic Johnson wished he could honor the Lakers’ past by attending Shaquille O’Neal’s statue unveiling on Friday outside of Staples Center. But as the Lakers’ president of basketball operations, Johnson wants to help the team’s future. So instead of attending O’Neal’s statue unveiling, Johnson will be in Michigan to scout the NCAA Tournament game between UCLA and Kentucky.Injury updateLakers center Timofey Mozgov missed the end of Wednesday’s practice after spraining his left ankle. Though the Lakers technically listed him as questionable for Friday’s game against Minnesota, Mozgov will not play after receiving healthy scratches in the past eight games. Walton has shut him down for the rest of the season to give more minutes to his younger players.last_img read more

Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews misses mark with coronavirus comments

first_imgJonathan Toews offered some baffling commentary on the coronavirus Monday.The Blackhawks captain and usually to-himself player said that there is uncertainty as to how and when people catch the coronavirus, something that has been scientifically and factually proven in the past. During a time of misinformation and fake news, maybe the blowback will teach Toews a small lesson in choosing words more wisely in the future. But actions do speak louder than words, and while Toews doesn’t explicitly say “wear a mask” — a directive of medical experts and scientists that could drastically reduce the spread of COVID-19 — he has been spotted at events wearing one himself in recent weeks while helping out Chicago.This is what change looks like. Just got together pro athletes from the @ChicagoBears @chicagobulls @whitesox @NHLBlackhawks @packers @Panthers and @Saints. We invited @nflcommish and @chicagosmayor. We listened to kids and learned about their dream for a better Chicago. pic.twitter.com/sQpnmnPiMj— Sam Acho (@TheSamAcho) July 7, 2020When Toews does speak, he’s usually measured and intelligent. “Captain Serious” garnered praise in June for his eloquent words on the Black Lives Matter movement and racial injustice across the United States.Toews and the Blackhawks are set to return to the ice in August. Jonathan Toews: “Does anybody really know how and when people catch this thing? I think the best you can do is get good rest, eat healthy, take care of your body, kind of do the little things that lower your chances.— Scott Powers (@ByScottPowers) July 13, 2020″What else can you do? Sitting around worrying about it is just going to drive you crazy. I think the NHL’s gone to great lengths to create a safe environment. It’s far from perfect at the end of the day.— Scott Powers (@ByScottPowers) July 13, 2020″Everyone has their own beliefs, seeing where they stand with all this. It’s up to you to really do the right thing to be respectful of others but also take care of yourself.”— Scott Powers (@ByScottPowers) July 13, 2020MORE: When do the NHL playoffs start?”Does anybody really know how and when people catch this thing?” Toews said. “I think the best you can do is get good rest, eat healthy, take care of your body, kind of do the little things that lower your chances. What else can you do? Sitting around worrying about it is just going to drive you crazy.”I think the NHL’s gone to great lengths to create a safe environment. It’s far from perfect at the end of the day. Everyone has their own beliefs, seeing where they stand with all this. It’s up to you to really do the right thing to be respectful of others but also take care of yourself.”Toews goes a little half-and-half with his comments, drawing the ire of some. While he misses the mark in questioning how the virus is spread, his comments in general are also a whole lot of nothing; Toews doesn’t denounce testing or wearing a mask, after all, and offers pretty basic life advice in the process. For comparison: If you want some really bad coronavirus takes from the sports world, here’s MLB umpire Joe West and Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh. You can file Toews’ words under “irresponsible” but not “malicious.”last_img read more