Andre Ingram, Lakers' 32-year-old Rookie, Dishes in NBA Debut

Apr 12, 2018, 00:33
Andre Ingram, Lakers' 32-year-old Rookie, Dishes in NBA Debut

It's fair to say it has been something of a whirlwind week for 32-year-old Andre Ingram, who finally made his National Basketball Association debut after more than 10 years and 384 matches of trying when he lined up against Houston Rockets on Tuesday. Coming off the bench late in the first quarter, Ingram put on a clinic scoring 19 points in his debut. He also had three rebounds, an assist, a steal, and three blocks to his name after just over 29 minutes on the court as well.

Ingram, who holds the all-time G League (formerly the D League) record for most 3-pointers made, connected on his first four shots from the field including a trio of threes and finished with 19 points on 6/8 shooting.

Andre Ingram of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after making a basket during the first half of a game against the Houston Rockets on April 10, 2018.

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"Everyone was like, 'Man, when you get it, just let it go, '" Ingram said, according to ESPN.

"From the team warm-ups, the atmosphere was electric", he said. It was awesome. The crowd, the lights, it was just once in a lifetime. "MVP chants (while at the free-throw line) that's just insane", he said.

"Once I talked to Magic and everything, I was, I don't know, just emotions were flowing, and I didn't want to stop it", he said, referring to Lakers president Magic Johnson.

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The Rockets ended up winning the game 105-99 - but no one seemed to care.it's ANDRE-MANIA in Los Angeles!

Ingram also earned respect from around the world, receiving praise from NBA, MLB, and National Football League players, among many others.

"I suggested him I heard about his story and that grind is unbelievable", Paul suggested reporters.

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Ingram and his Lakers will wrap up the season this evening against the Clippers before officially beginning the offseason. "I suggested him, 'Rather a lot respect.' I indicate, 10 years grinding throughout the G League, to lastly get a risk and to play like that, it's pretty explicit".

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