With two games left in the season, the Los Angeles Lakers presented career minor leaguer Andre Ingram with the opportunity to suit up in the NBA, and he did not disappoint.
The 32-year-old shooting guard stole the show against the No. 1-seeded Houston Rockets, scoring 19 points on 6-for-8 shooting in a narrow 105-99 loss. He also made four of his five three-point attempts.
The Lakers’ bench reveled in each make, furiously cheering on the G Leaguer. Ingram knocked down his free shot–a three-pointer–from the left wing to the delight of the Staples Center crowd. He even received congratulations from his opponents like Chris Paul, who marveled at his determination to find his way into the league.
"It was once in a lifetime," Ingram said after the game. “It's been a joy. Ten years in the D League, but it wasn't like 10 hateful years or years I didn't enjoy. I enjoyed my time in the league and all of my teammates, and I heard from every one of them."
The Lakers presented Ingram with an opportunity he will never forget, as the Staples Center crowd chanted “MVP” throughout the evening.
Ingram will have one more opportunity this season, as the Lakers conclude their 2017-18 campaign Wednesday night against the LA Clippers. Ingram played 29 minutes in his debut, and he should expect to see at least that many when he arrives for his encore.
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