Lakers’ Brandon Ingram to undergo MRI on Sunday after missing game with groin injury
SAN ANTONIO — Brandon Ingram doesn’t think his groin injury is serious. On second thought, he hopes it isn’t serious.An MRI on Sunday should answer the most pressing question facing the Lakers, but in the meantime no one around the team wants the strained left hip flexor Ingram suffered Thursday night in Miami to cost him any more time than it already has.“I have had pain in my groin before,” Ingram said, “throughout the season. I don’t think it’s that serious, hopefully it’s not that serious, but I’ll let the doctor decide that.”The second-year forward and the Lakers’ leading scorer did not dress for Saturday’s game against the Spurs, with Kyle Kuzma replacing him in the starting lineup. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I’m not sure how long he’ll be out,” Coach Luke Walton said. “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow and the next day.”Ingram was injured in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 131-113 victory over the Heat. After Miami guard Josh Richardson fouled Ingram on a drive to the basket, small forward Justise Winslow flew in after the whistle, catching Ingram in the groin with his knee.Winslow, who preceded Ingram at Duke by one year, was whistled for a technical foul and Ingram left the game.Ingram was asked if he had a problem with the play.“I saw the play, but I’m not sure,” he said. “I’m not in the other guy’s body … I’m not sure (if) he was thinking of trying to block the shot or if he knew the whistle had blown or not, but it happens.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error TRAVIS WEARS WEARGrowing up, Travis Wear owned several Lakers jerseys. Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Robert Horry.Now, he has a game-worn addition to that group: His own.“Coming from wearing a Lakers jersey and stuff in the front yard and the driveway to a real jersey,” Wear said, “is a dream come true.”A day after signing his 10-day contract with the Lakers, Wear made his debut, checking in with 54.5 seconds left in the second quarter.“This is as official as it gets,” said Wear, who last played in the NBA in 2014-15 with New York. “NBA regular-season game.”In the three years since leaving the Knicks, Wear spent a year overseas and since then has been trying to rise in the Lakers organization. He has been invited to training camp each of the last two seasons, spent two years with the South Bay Lakers and won a summer league championship under Jud Buechler back in July.Wear had just returned home from practice with the South Bay Lakers this week when his agent called to say the parent club was signing him. Next to call was Nick Mazzella, the general manager of the G-League affiliate, who told him, “Pack your bags, you’re going to San Antonio.”“So, obviously,” Wear said, “that was a great moment and a surreal moment.”FRYE CHECK INWhen the Lakers return to L.A. this week, they will be reunited with Channing Frye, the veteran forward whom they acquired along with Isaiah Thomas at the trade deadline. Frye has been away from the Lakers since their Feb. 14 loss in New Orleans.He underwent an appendectomy later that week. The Lakers are hopeful he will return to practice soon, but Walton said it won’t be “right when” the Lakers get home.“He hasn’t really done any contact type of basketball stuff,” Walton said. “It’s just very light conditioning.”Earlier this week Walton said Frye, who has averaged 4.8 points in 45 total games this season, had not progressed beyond riding a stationary bike.