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32-year old Andre Ingram gets MVP chants in his NBA debut

It took Andre Ingram 10 years in the G League to make it to Tuesday night, which even included tutoring children in math on the side to keep his NBA dreams alive.


Kahron Spearman


Los Angeles Lakers guard Andre Ingram made his NBA debut on Tuesday night against the Western Conference-leading Houston Rockets.  

 

The 32-year-old could've been a footnote, just another call-up getting his cup of joe in the big leagues. But Ingram, a 10-year G League veteran, made the most of his opportunity, scoring 19 points in the 105-99 loss. 

 

It was a warming display, a rarely seen culmination of perseverance, grit, and dedication. 

The funny thing is, while his jumper is unorthodox, Ingram who tutored children in math to keep the dream alive has the look of a legit NBA-level player. The all-time G League leader in threes made, Ingram finished 6-for-8 from the field, including 4-for-5 on triples drained with that unusual form. 

 

The Staples Center crowd lived and died with each made baskets, even giving him "MVP" chants as the league MVP frontrunner looked on, impressed. 

I told him I heard about his story and that grind is unbelievable. I told him much respect, 10 years grinding in the G League, and to finally get an opportunity and to play like that, that is pretty special.

Chris Paul
Guard, Houston Rockets

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