The FIBA World Cup is underway as Team USA hopes to take home the crown, however, it sounds like Brandon Ingram isn’t enjoying his time playing in the tournament.
Ingram is a superstar-caliber player for the New Orleans Pelicans, as he’s a featured scorer for his team.
But his role has been reduced on Team USA.
According to The Athletic, playing limited time isn’t something Brandon Ingram is used to and he’s reportedly becoming frustrated. Even so, he’s doing his best to be a team player.
“This is totally different than what I am used to. 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.”
At least he’s doing his best to keep his head up. But it’s also kind of shocking that Brandon Ingram is receiving such little playing time at the FIBA World Cup.
Last season, Ingram averaged 24.7 points per game. Additionally, he shot just over 48 percent from the field, making him an incredibly efficient option for the Pelicans.
Team USA head coach Steve Kerr was asked about Ingram’s playing time, and Kerr doesn’t seem too worried about it. In fact, he’s confident that the Pelicans’ star will eventually get the ball rolling, per The Athletic.
“Nothing has really gone his way. 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.”
“I wouldn’t have guessed that Paolo (Banchero) would be our leading scorer last night, but all 12 guys are so talented that all it takes is a couple shots to go in, and any one of these guys can get going. I expect that to happen for B.I.”
Team USA is set to play against Team Greece on Monday, August 28. The game tips off at 8:40 A.M. Eastern. Tune in and see if Brandon Ingram gets more action!