Andre Ingram, a 32-year-old veteran who after playing for ten years in the G League had a dream come true signing a 10-day contract with The Los Angeles Lakers and having the opportunity to play two games.
He obviously made the most of it as he scored 19 points on six-of-eight shooting with three rebounds and three blocks in the Lakers' 105-99 loss to Houston on Tuesday. Against Clippers on Wednesday, he scored 5 points and the Lakers ended their season with a 115-110 win versus their city rivals.
Just a couple of days ago, Ingram was known as the holder of the G League record for the most made three-point field goals in a career (713) and as a math tutor. Today he is known as the third-oldest debutant in the league's history.
A 6-foot-3 guard utilized his trade as one of the developmental circuit's top perimeter scoring threats, averaging 10.2 points and shooting 46.1 percent on 3-pointers, per Basketball-Reference.
Ingram had two chances to make his mark, with the Lakers against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday and the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. Against Huston, he got a great greeting from the home crowd as he went for 19 points in 29 minutes, the second-highest scoring output of the evening for the Lakers. Coach Luke Walton said that the call-up was just as much a benefit to the Lakers as it was to Ingram.
"I've been in the D-League, G League because I want to be in the NBA," Ingram said. "It was always that thought from the start, from graduating to now."
The only time he considered leaving was when his first daughter was born, he thought that there was maybe a better way than basketball to make a living and raise a family, but still, he never gave up.
His family was at the game watching him play together with 18,000 people leap to their feet to scream for him all because he believed he can.