Proving that age really is just a number, 32-year-old Lakers player Andre Ingram stunned in his NBA debut against the Houston Rockets.
Ingram has spent the last decade playing minor league basketball. Just days ago, he signed a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. On Tuesday, he suited up to check into his first game with the team, and his incredible performance wowed the crowd.
He scored a whopping 19 points, which is credited as the highest total in a first game by a Lakers rookie since 1993.
“I just felt some electricity out there,” Ingram told NBA.com. “It was amazing. The crowd, the lights — it was once in a lifetime.”
Although the Lakers ultimately lost to the Rockets, 105-99, Ingram’s phenomenal game and motivational backstory shifted all eyes to the Los Angeles team.
While there are other men Ingram’s age and older playing in the NBA currently, these players have spent many years in the league and are nearing retirement, whereas Ingram is just getting started.
Following the game, Ingram received congratulatory shout outs from teammates and players throughout the league, including former Lakers' star Kobe Bryant.
LOVE IT https://t.co/H80FOjRuhm— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 11, 2018
S/O to Andre Ingram... That was inspirational my brotha! Keep it going. God’s got you!— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) April 11, 2018
Ain’t nothing but God my brother!!! Congrats to Andre Ingram!!! 🙏🏾👌🏾✍🏾— Kyle O'Quinn (@Kyle_OQuinn) April 11, 2018
Andre Ingram!! 10 years in the DLeague, gets a call-up, 11 points in first 6 min in the NBA! Anyone whose chased their hoop dreams can appreciate this...too good— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) April 11, 2018
Andre Ingram lettttttttsssss goooooooooooo— JARRETT JACK (@Jarrettjack03) April 11, 2018
The power of focus and persistence is real!! Congrats Andre Ingram on your NBA debut. Well deserved! pic.twitter.com/U1MY9F1LOI— Chris Paul (@CP3) April 11, 2018
Ingram's story is confirmation that hard work, perseverance, and faith are the real keys to success and turning your dreams into reality.
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