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