As the Los Angeles Lakers' new management eyes dramatic change to revive an illustrious franchise that has fallen to historic lows, there's only one player on the roster that Earvin "Magic" Johnson considers untouchable: forward Brandon Ingram.

"I would say probably the only player that we would say, hey, we would probably not move is Brandon Ingram," Johnson, the Lakers president of basketball operations said Thursday in a radio interview with ESPN Los Angeles.

"I think that we're excited about Brandon, his length, his size, his agility, his athleticism. And then when you think about, you know, he was a baby coming in, in his first year last season and we see that he really has a high ceiling and we're excited about what he can possibly turn into."

The 6-foot-9, 190-pound Ingram, a former Duke standout, was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft.

In his first season with the Lakers, Ingram averaged 9.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 28.8 minutes over 79 games.

Ingram is just one of several young players composing a core the Lakers hope will take key strides forward in coming seasons. The team also has the No. 2 pick in the 2017 draft and is widely expected to add UCLA star point guard Lonzo Ball to their roster if he is not taken by the Boston Celtics with the first overall pick.

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Max Kellerman finds Lonzo Ball's decision to forego a workout in Boston in line with how LaVar has conducted his son's career thus far.

Jared Dudley understands the Ball family's reasoning for preferring the Lakers over the Celtics.

Scottie Pippen explains why he thinks LeBron James compares more to Magic Johnson than Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant.

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith reacts to TNT analyst Charles Barkley's claim that LeBron James will surpass Kobe Bryant among the NBA's greatest players if he wins another title over the formidable Warriors.

Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley explains why a win against the Warriors for another title would prompt him to consider putting LeBron James at Kobe Bryant's level.

J.A. Adande on what is the ultimate test of a great NBA picture.

When it comes to passing a class, there isn't anything much more stressful than having to take a final exam at the end of the semester.

That's why one young student recently sought help from someone who made a living off succeeding in high-leverage situations -- former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant.

Prior to the test, a high school senior in Indiana named William Pate took to Twitter with a long-shot request. A pair of photos that accompanied the tweet showed Pate's teacher shaking on the deal.

With 11.5 million Twitter followers, Bryant receives hundreds of mentions each day -- many of which probably never get read by the future Hall of Famer.

But Thursday was different. The Black Mamba seemingly slithered up out of nowhere and responded to Pate with a retweet and message.

Although Bryant was never known for passing, he really came through with a nice assist on this one.

-- Nick Ostiller

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Stephen A. Smith explains why Lonzo Ball belongs in Lakers purple and gold.

Michael Smith and Jemele Hill debate whether Lonzo Ball is a lock to become a Laker after Los Angeles secured the No. 2 selection in the NBA draft.

Lonzo Ball and his family react to the Lakers' getting the second pick in the draft lottery. LaVar Ball, Lonzo's father, encourages the Celtics to use the No. 1 pick on Markelle Fultz.

NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar answers who his NBA "Big 3" would be, how fast he's thrown a baseball, and the style of martial arts he studied under Bruce Lee.

David Ortiz and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar join OTL to discuss leadership and issues of race in America.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and David Ortiz join OTL to talk about their early days playing the other's sport and their new books.



D'Angelo Russell
15.6 4.8 1.4 28.7
ReboundsJ. Randle 8.6
AssistsD. Russell 4.8
StealsD. Russell 1.4
BlocksI. Zubac 0.9