G-Leaguer Andre Ingram Signs NBA Contract After 10 Years in League


The NBA's latest debutante, 32-year-old G League lifer Andre Ingram, shares more in common with the Association's elder statesmen than the teenagers who comprise the bulk of the 2017-18 rookie class.

Ingram, the 14th oldest rookie in league history, made his debut after playing 384 games - a full decade - in the developmental G League, including parts of the past six years with the Lakers own affiliate, the South Bay Lakers.

Ingram's electric performance in his National Basketball Association debut caught the attention of players across the league, including his counterpart last night, Chris Paul.

Andre Ingram of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after making a basket during the first half of a game against the Houston Rockets on April 10, 2018. After all, Ingram just scored more points in his Lakers debut than any player since Nick Van Exel in 1993.

He even nailed his first shot from outside the arc.

"Everyone was like, 'Man, when you get it, just let it go, '" Ingram told ESPN. "All the players, all the coaches". "Once we went out as a team for warm-ups, I just felt some electricity out there". "You could actually really feel one factor in there". MVP chants [while at the free-throw line], that's just insane.

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Five minutes later the Argentine doubled the lead, taking one touch to control a through ball from Philippe Coutinho before delivering a cool low finish.

After the game, nine-time All Star and two-time Olympic gold medallist Paul, 32, said: "I told him much respect".

The Lakers lost 105-99 to the Rockets which made Ingram's introduction to the league bittersweet.

Ingram had flown his wife and two daughters in from Virginia to watch the culmination of their work.

Ingram also earned respect from around the world, receiving praise from NBA, MLB, and National Football League players, among many others. Someone who edited his page changed the second sentence to say that Ingram is considered to be the "Greatest Laker to play the game since the retirement of Kobe Bryant".

Ingram and the Lakers will wrap up their season tonight at Staples Center against the Clippers.