Ten-year G League veteran Andre Ingram drops 19 points in Lakers debut

Speaking to TNT, Ingram, who additionally works as a mathematics tutor for middle and high school students during the season, revealed his "bags were packed" as what he thought would be an exit interview turned into his first National Basketball Association deal. 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.

The NBA's latest debutante, 32-year-old G League lifer Andre Ingram, shares more in common with the Association's elder statesmen than the teenagers who comprise the bulk of the 2017-18 rookie class.

An NBA contract eluded Ingram as he showed some serious potential during his G-League tenure.

The man himself had a huge smile on his face after the game, as he told ESPN: "It was excellent. It was insane. To see the first one go in, I felt good". 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.

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"From the team warm-ups, the atmosphere was electric", he said. The crowd even chanted 'MVP!' in his direction. "You could feel something in there".

He went on to finish the night with 19 points and three blocks, with the only blot being that the Lakers lost the game 105-99 to the Houston Rockets. "MVP chants (while at the free-throw line) that's just insane", he said. Ingram scored 19 points, assisted once, rebounded thrice, stole once, and blocked thrice in his 29-minute professional 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.

Walton, who at one point played with Ingram in the G League, said the Lakers weren't just doing Ingram a favour; they wanted to show he could play.