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Ingram: FIBA outings 'totally different' from what I'm used to

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New Orleans Pelicans star Brandon Ingram is still adjusting to the FIBA game.

"This is totally different than what I am used to," Ingram told The Athletic's Joe Vardon. "The team is winning right now, so I can't be selfish thinking about myself. But it's a little frustrating right now for me, and I'm just trying to figure out ways I can be effective."

In Team USA's 99-72 win over New Zealand on Saturday, Ingram recorded two points on 1-for-4 shooting from the field, three assists, two rebounds, and a steal in 15 minutes of action. His offensive struggles extend back to exhibition matches - he averaged 7.8 points over five friendly games.

"Nothing has really gone his way," said Team USA coach Steve Kerr. "He hasn't had a lot of opportunities, but I think that'll change. I think his time is coming. He's just gotta stay with it. The thing I've learned with FIBA is every night belongs to someone new."

Paolo Banchero led the team in scoring with 21 points off the bench and also saw time in Ingram's spot in the starting lineup of Jalen Brunson, Anthony Edwards, Mikal Bridges, and Jaren Jackson.

Ingram averaged a career-high 24.7 points last season for the Pelicans and has scored at least 22.7 points in his last four campaigns.

"He gets paid the big bucks; he's one of the best players in the NBA," said Edwards. "He's a superstar in the league, so he can figure it out on his own, but it's nothing like somebody staying your ear. … So just keep talking to him, 'cause a couple shots might not go his way."

The Americans play Greece on Monday, the second contest of the group stage.

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