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

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After 10 years in the G League, 32-year-old Andre Ingram was both veteran and rookie on Tuesday night as he made his first ever appearance in a Lakers jersey.

It may not have had the fairytale ending of a win for the point guard on the night, as the Lakers lost 105-99 to the Rockets at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, but he was still a shining star on the court which everyone appreciated.

Ingram is a 32-year-old guard who has spent ten years in the G League, having never made it into the National Basketball Association.

"I tried not to think about the first one going down", Ingram said. As quickly as we went out as a workers for warmups, I merely felt some electrical power in the marketplace. It was wonderful. The crowd, the lights, it was just once in a lifetime.

After a decade in the minors, Ingram - a 2003 graduate of Highland Springs High School in Henrico County - seized the chance to live his long-deferred dream by scoring 19 points for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Paul, like many others, was in awe of Ingram's inspirational story, which went viral Monday. "Ten years grinding in the G League, finally get an opportunity and to play like that, that's pretty special". But that didn't stop Ingram, watched by his wife and kids, enjoying the experience.

Ingram's Lakers teammates in Brook Lopez and Julius Randle were just as impressed.

And that was just his first game. All the players, all the coaches.

The 32-year-old is averaging 10.2 points and shooting 46.1 percent on 3-pointers. According to Faigen, Ingram, a physics major, would sometimes tutor in the offseason for extra income. Ingram averaged only 9.1 points this season for the South Bay Lakers, but hit 47.5 percent of his 3-pointers.

Mbah a Moute averages 7.6 points and 3.1 rebounds while playing almost 26 minutes per game as a key rotation player.

"They probably let out what I truly wanted to let out", Ingram said.

Rockets: At the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday. He played four seasons with the now-defunct Utah Flash, five seasons with the Los Angeles D-Fenders, and has played with the South Bay Lakers this season.