Andre Ingram, Lakers' 32-year-old Rookie, Dishes in NBA Debut
12 April, 2018, 00:32 | Author: Hannah Francis
After a decade of playing outside the spotlight in the G-League, just hoping for a chance to step into the bright lights once, the 32-year-old American University alum was called up by the Lakers, and boy did he take advantage Tuesday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
And as for players making their National Basketball Association debut after the All-Star break, Ingram's 19 points were the most in a debut in the past 50 seasons, second to Danny Finn's 28 points scored in 1953.
"I tried to not think about the first one going down", he suggested reporters after the game in opposition to the Houston Rockets.
Lakers icon Bryant tweeted footage of Ingram's highlights and added the caption: "LOVE IT". "Nonetheless to an individual, all people was like, 'Whilst you get it, merely let it go!' The entire avid gamers, the entire coaches". As quickly as we went out as a workers for warmups, I merely felt some electrical power in the marketplace. "You could actually really feel one factor 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. "Like I said [to myself], 'Make the free throw, make the free throw, make the free throw'". But that didn't stop Ingram, watched by his wife and kids, enjoying the experience.
Among Laker debuts since the franchise moved to Los Angeles, Ingram's performance is overshadowed only by those of Magic Johnson (26 points in 1979), Van Exel and Jerry West (20 points in 1960), according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Ingram also earned respect from around the world, receiving praise from NBA, MLB, and National Football League players, among many others. From the G League to the Lakers to SportsCenter.
"I kept coming back because I genuinely thought I was close", Ingram said.
Ingram and his Lakers will wrap up the season this evening against the Clippers before officially beginning the offseason. "But so thankful it did".
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