Thursday, 19 April, 2018

Andre Ingram: LA Lakers player makes National Basketball Association debut aged 32

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Betsy Taylor | 12 April, 2018, 00:36

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.

Ingram, the 14th oldest rookie in league history, made his debut after playing 384 games - a full decade - in the developmental G League, including parts of the past six years with the Lakers own affiliate, the South Bay Lakers.

"I told him I heard about his story and that grind is unbelievable", said Paul, who, like Ingram, is 32.

"I tried to not think about the first one going down", he suggested reporters after the game in opposition to the Houston Rockets.

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Ingram's 19 points were the most by a Lakers rookie debut since Nick Van Exel in 1993. And he sent the Staples Center crowd into a frenzy with each shot made, even being serenaded with "MVP" chants with the actual MVP front-runner, Rockets guard James Harden, on the same floor. "Nonetheless to an individual, all people was like, 'Whilst you get it, merely let it go!' The entire avid gamers, the entire coaches". Once we went out as a team for warmups, I just felt some electricity out there. "You could feel something in there".

Paul, who top-scored with 22 points for the Rockets, spoke to Ingram - the subject of MVP chants from Lakers fans - at the scorers' table during the match.

If you knew the name Andre Ingram before he joined the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this week, it was probably for one of two reasons.

"When he said he was being called up to the Lakers, I literally lost it, and started screaming", his wife Marilee said. Ten years in the D League, but it wasn't like 10 hateful years or years I didn't enjoy. He also briefly played in Australia in 2016 before returning to the G League, according to NBA.com. From the G League to the Lakers to SportsCenter. "Like I said [to myself], 'Make the free throw, make the free throw, make the free throw'".


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