Andre Ingram's success story will get you through the remainder of the week.
After bouncing around the NBA's minor league for a decade (Utah Flash, Los Angeles D-Fenders), the 32-year-old basketball player was signed by the Los Angeles Lakers on April 9 for their last two games in the 2017-18 season. Ingram, who leads the G League in career three-point field goals (713), was supposed to do an exit interview with the South Bay Lakers when he got the call—finally.
The promotion is no mere Make-A-Wish moment, though, as the Lakers were missing the services of Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, and Brandon Ingram due to injuries, and were in need of wing help. There was no better way for Ingram to make his professional debut: suiting up against the No. 1 team in the Western Conference, the James Harden and Chris Paul-led Houston Rockets.
You know you're doing something great when you hear "M-V-P!" chants from the crowd at the Staples Center in your first seven minutes, then FreeDawkins dedicates time for a mixtape:
LA may have lost to Houston, 105-99, but that was the last thing on everyone's minds. Ingram finished with 19 points, on 4-of-5 shooting from deep, three rebounds, and three blocks, in an exceptional performance that proved he belonged out there.
In a time when the debate for best freshman is between Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell, a grey-haired rookie suddenly steals the show. As such, NBA stars took to social media to laud the seasoned shooter.
Fellow developmental league success stories heaped praised over their newest member
His teammates, albeit temporary, only had good words for the other Ingram
Just love and respect from the rest of the NBA pros, including his opponent Chris Paul