It is a common trend these days where athelets are in their best shape during the summer offseason. Why wouldn’t they be? They have been working out everyday. However, it is a rare event where players gain inches in their overall “height” after entering the NBA.
What do we know so far?
To be noted, Brandon Ingram himself didn’t make this case; rather, it was Laker’s reporter Mike Trudell, on ESPN LA radio show. Trudell made a claim that according to him, Ingram has grown taller in the offseason. Trudell is quoted in saying:
“I think he’s at least 6’10”. He might be 6’11”. … I think he might be 6’11”, if not 7 feet,” Trudell said.
Ingram has not, however, been formally measured. It’s also possible the listed 6’9″ height sold him short.
According to Trudell, the 2016 No. 2 pick said he altered his shooting mechanics and improved his leg strength. Ingram made strides late last season and during the Las Vegas Summer League, and Trudell opined that the forward has since progressed.This is not all that surprising. Few months earlier we heard Ben Simmons from the Philadelphia 76ers also adding a couple inches to his already huge frame. Simmons is measured to be at 7ft right now.
Is Brandon Ingram really 6’11” right now?
We had to verify Mike Trudell’s side of the story. Our insiders are not the typical insiders you know on the media these days, however, enough access with and around the players can be insightful for the news to reach viewers.
For a player who was the established closer on a championship contending team in Cleveland Cavaliers, to be disrespected in that regard, it was a given. Indeed!
DunkFeed’s source: “Ingram’s length is very deceiving. He is just so long that to the naked eye he may look like a 7’4” man sitting down. You wouldn’t find a difference with Yao Ming, Manute Bol or someone of that height, with Ingram sitting down. Yes, now at standing height that is a different issue. Brandon Ingram is not 7’0”. However, since I do have a degree in Mathematics and I did have a great eye for measurements and geometry, as Ingram walked by the drinking machine and Kyle Kuzma and Larry Nance Jr. right behind him, I have to conclude the fact that Brandon Ingram is a legit 6’10” athlete. Sorry Trudell, he is not 6’11”. He is much longer than Kuzma, but only barely taller. Let’s not exaggerate facts here!”