Brandon Ingram has already envisioned some of the possibilities and permutations in terms of what New Orleans can do lineup-wise, based on its talent and personnel. The 2020 All-Star forward, who is coming off a superb, breakthrough performance in his NBA playoff debut, is excited to see them on the court.
The Pelicans open preseason Tuesday at Chicago, with an 8:30 p.m. Central nationally-televised game on TNT.
“It’s something I’ve been thinking about over the last few days,” Ingram said after Monday’s practice in the Ochsner Sports Performance Center. “Our depth, how many different players we can put on the floor. Having a lineup with all guards, or a lineup where we go really big, or where we have a lot of skill on the floor and three-point shooters on the floor. We have a lot of different dynamics. “
Ingram’s versatility and length mean he will be part of many of those groups, but his status for Tuesday’s exhibition opener against the Bulls is uncertain. He has been a bit limited in some of his participation, including Saturday’s open practice, due to a toe injury.
“It’s OK,” he said when asked about the toe. “Hopefully tomorrow I feel a little bit better. I’m just trying to progress and feel really, really good before I step out on the floor.”
“He’s getting better,” Pelicans head coach Willie Green said. “He’s still questionable (to play Tuesday). We’ll see how he feels, once he does a few things at shootaround (Tuesday morning). It’s nothing serious, but hopefully we can get him back soon.”
Green added that CJ McCollum (ankle) is also questionable for Tuesday’s game.
Other notes from Monday’s practice:
Green indicated that he does not plan to use his starters or second unit more than 20 minutes per man against the Bulls. …
A smiling Ingram on rookie Daeqwon Plowden winning Saturday’s hot-dog eating contest: “He’s moving like a champ (despite eating many frankfurters). He’s been really good in training camp. One of our guys who play really hard, on the defensive and offensive end.”