Chris Paul tweets congratulations to Lakers' Andre Ingram on National Basketball Association debut

Ruben Holloway
April 11, 2018

You stay on the grind and at the end of your 10th year, you finally get the call.

Check out some of the highlights and reactions to Ingram's memorable debut below.

The 32-year-old Ingram holds the all-time G League record for most 3-pointers made, and he showed just why, drilling his first four shots on Tuesday night against the Rockets, including three from deep, shooting 6-of-8 from the field, 4-of-5 from deep, and a flawless 3-of-3 from the stripe.

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Ingram finished 6-for-8 from the field and made four out of five 3-point attempts, along with three rebounds, three blocked shots and a steal. And he sent the Staples Center crowd into a frenzy with each shot made, even being serenaded with "MVP" chants with the actual MVP front-runner, Rockets guard James Harden, on the same floor. "Everyone was like, 'Man, when you get it, just let it go". "Everyone was like that". Ball, Ingram and Kuzma - who has a sprained left ankle - are unlikely to play in the club's season final on Wednesday night, coach Luke Walton said. As quickly as we went out as a workers for warmups, I merely felt some electrical power in the marketplace. "You could feel something in there. MVP chants, that's just insane".

When asked by reporters what their conversation was about, he said: "I told him much respect". His 19 points were the most by a Laker in his first career game since Nick Van Exel dropped 23 in 1993. Johnson and West are immortalized with statues outside Staples Center.

After 10 years in the G League (and the D League when it was named that), Lakers executives had a lot of ways to describe Andre Ingram.

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Ingram's story drew attention all over the National Basketball Association, including from Chris Paul, who congratulated him in person and on Twitter for finally making it into the league. Ingram had flown his wife and two daughters in from Virginia to watch the culmination of their work.

Ingram spent 10 years grinding throughout the NBA's official minor league system sooner than getting the choice up he'd been prepared for. "I enjoyed my time in the league and all of my teammates, and I heard from every one of them".

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