After 10 seasons in the NBA's minor league, 32-year old guard Andre Ingram finally made his National Basketball Association debut last night with the Los Angeles Lakers and it wasn't long before he was hearing "MVP" chants from the Staples Center crowd.
When he finally got his chance on Tuesday night against the Houston Rockets, he didn't disappoint.
Despite losing to the Rockets 105-99, Lakers coach Luke Walton awarded Ingram the game ball.
In addition to the hot shooting, Ingram also pulled down three rebounds, handed out one assist and added one steal and three blocks as well.More news: 'We can not monitor investigation in Punjab National Bank scam', says Supreme Court
He is the G League's all-time leader in three-pointers made (713) and was four-of-five from beyond the arc as he dropped 19 points on the Rockets in a stirring maiden outing. After spending a decade in the G League, Ingram was called up by the Los Angeles Lakers for the remainder of the season. "Once we went out as a team for warm-ups, I just felt some electricity out there. MVP chants (while at the free-throw line) that's just insane", he said. "Just an inspirational story".
Andre Ingram is living proof that patience and persistence always win in the end. Kuzma (sprained ankle) was ruled out for Tuesday night's loss against Houston and is unlikely to play in Wednesday's season finale against the Los Angeles Clippers. Ingram's wife and two daughters were there to watch his debut, which he killed it in. The Lakers signed Wear to a 10-day contract, which he parlayed into a second 10-day deal and then a remainder of season contract. His recent season with the South Bay Lakers was his 10th in the G-League. He once tutored teammates in math to make extra cash in the off-season.
"I think it's less (serious) than last time, but I don't know", D'Antoni said.