Chris Paul tweets congratulations to Lakers' Andre Ingram on National Basketball Association debut
11 April, 2018, 17:56 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
"I told him 'much respect.' Ten years grinding in the G League, and to finally get an opportunity and to play like that, that is pretty special".
Paul and the Houston Rockets were impressed, even if they still came out on top.
Houston Rockets star Chis Paul, who may be 32 - nevertheless was collaborating in in his 892 regular-season sport on Tuesday - warmly greeted Ingram ahead of his debut.
Ingram's fourth 3-pointer with 51 seconds left trimmed Houston's end in 102-99, nevertheless the Lakers didn't score as soon as extra. "Once we went out as a team for warmups, I just felt some electricity out there". It was great. The group, the lights, it was merely as quickly as in a lifetime.
The past 10 years were all for this day.
After 10 years in the G League, 32-year-old Andre Ingram was both veteran and rookie on Tuesday night as he made his first ever appearance in a Lakers jersey.
"I tried to not think about the first one going down", he suggested reporters after the game in opposition to the Houston Rockets. "Everyone was like, 'Man, when you get it, just let it go. It was insane. To see the first one go in, I felt good".
"It's been a joy", said Ingram, whose wife and kids were on hand to watch his long-awaited night.
"To play the way he played, that's the stuff that dreams are made of", said Lakers center Brook Lopez, who scored 12 points.
Paul, like many others, was in awe of Ingram's inspirational story, which went viral Monday. "He belonged out there". He also had three rebounds, an assist, a steal, and three blocks to his name after just over 29 minutes on the court as well. "The only three he missed he got fouled on". "I was supposed to leave the next afternoon I think", he said.
That daughter is 6 years old now. Johnson and West are immortalized with statues outside Staples Center.
In 2003, when he was a high school senior, Highland Springs won the Group AAA state championship, and Ingram was named state player of the year.
His four three-pointers broke a record for the most on debut by a Laker, while his 19 points were the best by a first-gamer since Nick Van Exel's 23 in 1993.
Ingram graduated from American University in 2007 and has spent his entire basketball career in the G League, save for the cup of coffee he had with the Perth Wildcats of the National Basketball League in 2016.
Ingram was the Lakers' leading scorer at halftime with 11 points on 3-of-3 shooting in what was surely a lifelong dream finally coming true. He has been with the Lakers the past six seasons.
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