G League call-up Andre Ingram scores 19 in National Basketball Association debut for Lakers

G League call-up Andre Ingram scores 19 in National Basketball Association debut for Lakers

Kerry Wise
April 12, 2018

Tuesday night's game between the Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers didn't have much riding on it, but it was the most important game in the world for Andre Ingram.

"Everyone was like, "Man, when you get it, just let it go, '" Ingram said after the Lakers" 105-99 loss to the Houston Rockets, according to ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk. Ingram scored 19 points, assisted once, rebounded thrice, stole once, and blocked thrice in his 29-minute professional debut.

He spent the first four years of his career with the Utah Flash, the Jazz's affiliate, before joining the Los Angeles D-Fenders, who became the South Bay Lakers when the league was rebranded as the G League this year.

"I tried not to think about the first one going down", Ingram said.

The Lakers need rotation players with Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma all battling injuries.

"From the team warm-ups, the atmosphere was electric".

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In fact, toward the end of the game, the crowd began chanting "MVP" at Ingram - who later called the whole thing a "once in a lifetime" experience.

Paul, like many others, was in awe of Ingram's inspirational story, which went viral Monday.

New Los Angeles Lakers member Andre Ingram got an awesome update to his Wikipedia page after making his long-awaited National Basketball Association debut.

Ingram likely will feature for the Lakers on Tuesday night when they face the Los Angeles Clippers in their season finale.

Players from around the league were inspired by Ingram's debut. "We've just got to pick it up by committee". He has been with the Lakers the past six seasons. He provided a spark as the Lakers attempted a comeback in the fourth quarter, which ultimately fell short. For his two-game contract with the Lakers, he'll make just over $13,000, 50% of a full season G League salary.