Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

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

Lakers' Andre Ingram shines in hard-won NBA debut after 10 years in minors Andre Ingram: LA Lakers player makes National Basketball Association debut aged 32
Edward Snyder | 12 April, 2018, 00:33

The NBA's latest debutante, 32-year-old G League lifer Andre Ingram, shares more in common with the Association's elder statesmen than the teenagers who comprise the bulk of the 2017-18 rookie class.

Ingram likely will feature for the Lakers on Tuesday night when they face the Los Angeles Clippers in their season finale.

Despite losing to the Rockets 105-99, Lakers coach Luke Walton awarded Ingram the game ball.

And the 32-year-old former Perth Wildcat didn't disappoint, dropping 19 points to go with three blocks and three steals.

Speaking to TNT, Ingram, who additionally works as a mathematics tutor for middle and high school students during the season, revealed his "bags were packed" as what he thought would be an exit interview turned into his first National Basketball Association deal.

"I wondered why those two big guys were back there", Ingram laughed after the surprise announcement as Lakers president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka walked into the room. As quickly as we went out as a workers for warmups, I merely felt some electrical power in the marketplace.




While shooting free throws, Ingram even earned "MVP" chants from the crowd.

Andre Ingram and Brandon Ingram of the Los Angeles Lakers hug after the game against the Houston Rockets.

Since graduating from America University in 2007, Ingram has spent his entire career in the NBA's developmental league, including four seasons with the now-defunct Utah Flash, five seasons with the Los Angeles D-Fenders, and a season with the South Bay Lakers, who he played for this year.

"When he said he was being called up to the Lakers, I literally lost it, and started screaming", his wife Marilee said.

"I told him I heard about his story and that grind is unbelievable", Paul told ESPN. "I told him, 'Much respect.' I mean, 10 years grinding in the G League, to finally get an opportunity and to play like that, it's pretty special".

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