It was the highest total in a first game by a Lakers rookie since 1993. The playoff hunt is over, and within the next few days, they'll be clearing out their lockers. The Lakers planned to play Ingram major minutes against the visiting Houston Rockets and he didn't disappoint in the time given, scoring 19 points in 29 minutes off the bench.
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 21: Andre Ingram of the Wildcats warms up before during the round three NBL match between the Perth Wildcats and the Illawarra Hawks at Perth Arena on October 21, 2016 in Perth, Australia.
Ingram made his National Basketball Association debut for the Lakers after 384 games over a full decade in the developmental G League, including parts of the past six years with the Lakers' affiliate. After spending a decade in the G League, Ingram was called up by the Los Angeles Lakers for the remainder of the season. For his G-League career, Ingram has hit 46.1 percent of his 3-point attempts for total of 713 made. Ingram spent four seasons in Los Angeles, even sometimes scrimmaging against then-D-Fenders assistant Luke Walton.
The game meant little in the standings, considering the Rockets had already locked up the NBA's best record and the host Lakers had long since fallen out of playoff contention.
You only have one chance to make a first impression.
Ingram finished with 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor, with three rebounds, three blocks, an assist, and a steal for good measure.
His Lakers' teammates and fans alike were jubilant for his success, even chanting "MVP" as he knocked down free throws.
Not until the Lakers brought him in for the final stretch of this campaign. Ingram and the Lakers still have one more game to play, and it's against the Los Angeles Clippers tonight. Johnson and West are immortalized with statues outside Staples Center. Let's put this into perspective: Ingram's compensation for the entire 2017-2018 G-League season was $19,000.
The 32-year-old ended his National Basketball Association debut with 19 points.
Ingram wasted no time sharing the news with his wife Marilee and told her to get on a plane and head to the City of Angels.
Andre Ingram is a true inspiration for anyone chasing their lifelong dream, showing us that hard work and determination, can make nearly anything is possible.