Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Lakers' Andre Ingram receives huge praise from National Basketball Association players for impressive debut

Lakers' Andre Ingram receives huge praise from National Basketball Association players for impressive debut

"It was once in a lifetime", Ingram said to reporters after the game. Ingram tutors math to high school students throughout the year and once took an entire season off to take care of his daughter while his wife finished her college degree, according to the New York Times.

Ingram made his National Basketball Association career on Tuesday during Los Angeles' 105-99 loss to Houston, but the score was second to the fact that he lit Staples Center ablaze.

"Everyone was like, 'Man, when you get it, just let it go, '" Ingram said.

He added: "It was wonderful". Once we went out as a team for warmups, I just felt some electricity out there. "It was incredible. The crowd, the lights - it was once in a lifetime".

The sellout crowd moved from charitable help to full-throated roars as Ingram continued to down baskets.

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The crowd started chanting "MVP!" as the visibly gray-haired father of two shot a sizzling six-for-eight from the floor with four out of five of those from the three-point line.

"From the workers warm-ups, the ambiance was electrical", he said. "You could feel something in there".

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. "MVP chants, that's merely insane". Ingram scored 19 points, assisted once, rebounded thrice, stole once, and blocked thrice in his 29-minute professional debut.

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.

"I told him I heard about his story, and that grind is unbelievable", the also 32-year-old Rockets All-Star point guard Chris Paul said. The only other Laker debuts besides Van Exel that came with more points were Magic Johnson (26 points in 1979), Jerry West (20 points in 1960). "Ten years grinding in the G League, finally getting an opportunity and to play like that - that's pretty special".

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