It's not very often you see a player making their debut in the National Basketball Association at the age of 32, but that's exactly what Andre Ingram did on Tuesday night for the Los Angeles Lakers in their game against the Houston Rockets.
Although the Lakers lost 105-99, Ingram will have one more shot at helping the team get a win.
The Lakers signed Ingram for the final two games of the 2017-18 season on Monday in a rather feel-good fashion. Once we went out as a team for warmups, I just felt some electricity out there. It was truly a once in a lifetime moment and one the salt and peppered Ingram earned, all the way down to the "MVP" chants from the Staples Center crowd.
Andre Ingram, left, at Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA, April 10. Ingram has to somehow come up with an encore in the Lakers' season finale against the LA Clippers on Wednesday. "MVP chants, that's just insane", Ingram told reporters.
"It's been a joy", said Ingram, whose wife and kids were on hand to watch his long-awaited night.
"That's a testament to hard work, never giving up, and just sticking with it", said Julius Randle, who scored 17 points.
And let it go Ingram did.
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 provided a spark as the Lakers attempted a comeback in the fourth quarter, which ultimately fell short. For his two-game contract with the Lakers, he'll make just over $13,000, 50% of a full season G League salary. He once tutored teammates in math to make extra cash in the off-season. He is the active leader in games played and minutes played, while also ranking near the top in rebounds, points and steals.
"I think it's less (serious) than last time, but I don't know", D'Antoni said.