Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Cinderella Story: 32-Year-Old Rookie Electrifies In Lakers, NBA Debut

Cinderella Story: 32-Year-Old Rookie Electrifies In Lakers, NBA Debut

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, 32, averaged 9.1 points and 2.5 rebounds per game this season, shooting a league-best 47.5 percent from three for the South Bay Lakers.

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

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.

He even nailed his first shot from outside the arc. "Everyone was like, "Man, when you get it, just let it go". All the players, all the coaches". As quickly as we went out as a workers for warmups, I merely felt some electrical power in the marketplace. "You could feel something in there. MVP chants (while at the free-throw line) that's just insane", he said. "Like I said [to myself], 'Make the free throw, make the free throw, make the free throw'".

According to Elias Sports Bureau, his 19 points were the most by a Laker in his first career game since Nick Van Exel's 23 in 1993.

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Ingram had flown his wife and two daughters in from Virginia to watch the culmination of their work.

Andre Ingram and Brandon Ingram of the Los Angeles Lakers hug after the game against the Houston Rockets. Ten years in the D League, but it wasn't like 10 hateful years or years I didn't enjoy.

Ingram's dream night ended with a trip to the ESPN studio across the street from Staples Center for one more interview.

"They know me very well, they've seen me the last couple years, so they know what I do and they know how I play", said Ingram.

His debut came a day after he was surprised by former player and Lakers president Johnson, who gave Ingram a contract until the end of the season.

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