Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Lakers battled the #1 seed Houston Rockets in a meaningless game 81. The Rockets beat the Lakers 105-99 at the Staples Center but that did not really matter. The attention was on newly called-up Andre Ingram, 32, who was set to make his NBA debut after 10 years in the G-League.
April 9th, Ingram was called in for an exit with his G-league coaches and front office members. When he arrived he was surprised by Lakers’ legend Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka. They announced he would be signing for the final week of the season. Ingram put pen to member and became a LA Laker.
April 10th, the Lakers geared up to play the best team in the west but the fans and media’s attention was on 32-year-old Andre Ingram.
Ingram did not start but did come early into the game. Ingram pulled off his warm ups and when he arrived to check in at the 1:53 mark in the first quarter he was greeted by Chris Paul. Paul congratulated him and told him how proud he was of the work he put in to make it to this moment.
Ingram was the hot hand all night, making his first 4 shots. He finished with 19 points (6/8 FG, 4/5 3PT, and 3/3 FT), 3 rebounds, an assist, a steal, and 3 blocks in 29 minutes off the bench.
Head coach Luke Walton walked into the locker room after the game and said “”10 years…. Helluva opening night,” as he handed the game ball to Ingram.
Ingram was member of the Utah Flash and the Los Angeles Defenders/South Bay Lakers during his 10 year G-League career. He spent 2016 in Australian with the Perth Wildcats in the National Basketball League.
To top it off, Kobe Bryant quote tweeted a Bleacher Report video and said, “LOVE IT”.