Anthony Edwards has responded to Brandon Ingram’s struggles at the FIBA World Cup.
Ingram is averaging just 3.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists over his first two games and has looked quite lost so far.
“He gets paid the big bucks; like, he’s one of the best players in the NBA,” Edwards said. “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. They stay in my ear.
“So, just keep talking to him, ’cause you know, a couple shots might not go his way. He might get a couple turnovers and get down. I mean, I get down sometimes because I turn it over or miss a couple shots.”
Ingram previously opened up about his struggles in an interview with The Athletic.
“This is totally different than what I am used to,” Ingram said.“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.”
Team USA head coach, Steve Kerr, has also addressed Ingram’s struggles.
“Nothing has really gone his way,” Kerr said. “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.”
USA has cruised to comfortable wins in their first two games, beating New Zealand 99-72 and prevailing over Greece 109-81.
But the Americans may need all their best players in form when it comes to the medal rounds, especially with Canada looking very dangerous.