Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Lakers Shock 10-Year G-League Vet Andre Ingram With NBA Contract

Lakers Shock 10-Year G-League Vet Andre Ingram With NBA Contract

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.

He went on to finish the night with 19 points and three blocks, with the only blot being that the Lakers lost the game 105-99 to the Houston Rockets. "Once we went out as a team for warm-ups, I just felt some electricity out there".

After 10-years in the National Basketball Association development league and a record 713 three-pointers made, 32-year-old Andre Ingram became the NBA's oldest American rookie since 1964 on Tuesday night, and he did it while dropping 19 points for the Los Angeles Lakers against the NBA's top team, the Houston Rockets, in his debut. It was great. The group, the lights, it was merely as quickly as in a lifetime.

Check out some of the highlights and reactions to Ingram's memorable debut below.

G League players are paid close to the national annual salary for their services, making it a survivable profession with a chance to turn it into a honeypot if called up to the NBA as a two-way player - getting compensated with NBA royalties during each of the 45 days a player is allowed to be with the NBA team. "Nonetheless to an individual, all people was like, 'Whilst you get it, merely let it go!' The entire avid gamers, the entire coaches. It was insane. To see the first one go in, I felt great".

The sellout crowd moved from charitable support to full-throated roars as Ingram continued to down baskets. "You could actually really feel one factor in there. MVP chants, that's just insane".

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Ingram finished 6-for-8 from the field and made four out of five 3-point attempts, along with three rebounds, three blocked shots and a steal.

The man himself had a huge smile on his face after the game, as he told ESPN: "It was excellent".

And that was just his first game.

"Of course there were times of, 'I'm not sure if this day is going to happen or not, '" Ingram said of doubts that often crept in during his grind.

The 32-year-old has also scored the fifth-most points in league history (3,901) and won the 3-Point Contest in 2010 and 2016.

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