After 10 years in the G League, 32-year-old Andre Ingram was both veteran and rookie on Tuesday night as he made his first ever appearance in a Lakers jersey.
With Los Angeles without the services of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Kyle Kuzma against Houston, the opportunity presented itself for Andre Ingram to get some playing time with the Lakers.
Ingram finished with 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor, with three rebounds, three blocks, an assist, and a steal for good measure.
The 32-year-old has played in the NBA's G-League since 2007 with hopes of being called up to the big show.
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"I tried to not think about the first one going down", he suggested reporters after the game in opposition to the Houston Rockets. Someone who edited his page changed the second sentence to say that Ingram is considered to be the "Greatest Laker to play the game since the retirement of Kobe Bryant".
"From the team warm-ups, the atmosphere was electric". It was wonderful. The crowd, the lights, it was just once in a lifetime. MVP chants [while at the free-throw line], that's just insane.
"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.
Lakers teammate Isaiah Thomas and Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin - who might be the poster child for players who've emerged from the NBA's minor league and made an unforgettable National Basketball Association debut - were among several National Basketball Association players who took note of Ingram's "impressive" night.
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Check out some of the highlights and reactions to Ingram's memorable debut below.
An NBA contract eluded Ingram as he showed some serious potential during his G-League tenure.
"I told him I heard about his story and that grind is unbelievable", Paul told ESPN.
Ingram has to somehow come up with an encore in the Lakers' season finale against the LA Clippers on Wednesday.
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