LOS ANGELES (AP) Brandon Ingram is grateful he wasn't punished more harshly for his role in the fight that got the Los Angeles Lakers' season off to a weird start.
Ingram began his four-game suspension Monday night when the Lakers hosted the San Antonio Spurs.
The normally mild-mannered forward confronted an official, shoved Houston's James Harden and threw punches at Chris Paul. Ingram acknowledged that his four-game ban was ''better than we expected.''
The Lakers were without two starters against the Spurs. Rajon Rondo began his three-game suspension for spitting and punching in his altercation with Paul, a longtime rival.
The Lakers' first season with LeBron James was never going to be boring, but James is eager to get back to basketball.
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