June 2018 32 Year Old Rookie
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32-year-old Andre Ingram finally made his NBA debut after more than 10 years of trying when he lined up for the LA Lakers against Houston Rockets in April.
A day after receiving a surprise call-up from basketball legend and current Lakers president Magic Johnson, Andre was realising his dream and lining up for the Lakers in the NBA. After 384 games, mostly played in the G-League, the NBA’s Minor League, Ingram was ready to step up. His story reads like a fairytale; a part-time maths tutor with a degree in physics, going from playing in front of a couple of hundred fans to the 20,000-seater Staples Center in LA.
While the Lakers fell to a 105-99 defeat in his debut match, Ingram still had reason to smile. The rookie scored 19 points and four 3-pointers in an amazing performance which saw him receive the match ball from Lakers' head coach Luke Walton. After the game, Rockets superstar Chris Paul said: "I told him [Andre] much respect. Ten years grinding in the G League, finally getting an opportunity and to play like that - that's pretty special."