Lakers fans suffered through another disappointing season as the team failed to miss the playoffs for a fifth straight year, but fans at The Staples Center finally got something to cheer about last night.
Andre Ingram, a 32-year-old rookie who spent 10 years in the NBA G-League, played in his first game and put on a show. The Lakers signed Ingram on Monday for the team's last two games of the season and came into last night's game against the Houston Rockets to thunderous applause. Then, he made his first shot -- a three-pointer -- and went on to score 19. By the end of the game he was hearing chants of "MVP MVP" from the home crowd.
The Lakers lost the game 105-99, but fans at least got to cheer for something. (NBC Sports)
You stay on the grind and at the end of your 10th year, you finally get the call.— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 10, 2018
Andre Ingram never stopped persevering and now his @NBA dream is a reality. #ThisIsWhyWePlay #LakeShow pic.twitter.com/1SZhc5SW7k
32-year old rookie Andre Ingram is getting MVP chants in LA pic.twitter.com/c8QJCDg5TY— Dime on UPROXX (@DimeUPROXX) April 11, 2018
With 11 points, 32-year-old Lakers guard Andre Ingram now has the highest-scoring debut by someone 30+ in the @bball_ref database (which dates back to 1963-64). And it's only the second quarter.— Dan Feldman (@DanFeldmanNBA) April 11, 2018