32-year old Andre Ingram, who has spent a decade in the Lakers development league has finally gotten his shot when he made his NBA debut for the Los Angeles Lakers against the Houston Rockets in LA on Tuesday.
Ingram played the game not as a rookie but as a true vet. Making 4 of his 5 three-point attempts, and was 6 of 8 from the field overall, scoring 19 points. It was the highest total in a first game by a Lakers rookie since 1993.
“The week began routinely enough with what Ingram thought was an exit interview for the Lakers’ G-league team. Instead, he got a hug from Magic Johnson and word that he was being promoted to the actual Lakers.
Ingram’s wife, Marilee, in Richmond, Virginia, screamed when she got the news over the telephone, the Los Angeles Times reported. Then she and their two daughters flew out to LA to watch the dream come true.” The Huffington Post reported.
“I just felt some electricity out there,” Ingram told NBA.com. “It was amazing. The crowd, the lights — it was once in a lifetime.”
The Lakers lost, 105-99, but Ingram looks as if he will make a significant mark on the time.