Andre Ingram is making the most of his license to shoot the lights out.
The Los Angeles Lakers guard enjoyed an unforgettable NBA debut at Staples Center on Tuesday night, scoring 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting while hitting four 3-pointers.
Ingram’s unusual rookie story — he played 10-plus seasons in the NBA’s G League before L.A. called him up from the South Bay Lakers for its final two games of the season — garnered headlines prior to the game against the Rockets, and his performance inspired those who refuse to give up on their dreams.
Ingram, 32, demonstrated the quick release and dead-eye accuracy through which he became the G League’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals (713). He also had three blocks and one steal, with his opening game prompting Lakers fans to shower him with chants of “MVP.”
Despite a 105-99 loss to the Houston Rockets, Lakers coach Luke Walton awarded Ingram the game ball. After all, Ingram just scored more points in his Lakers debut than any player since Nick Van Exel in 1993.
Afterward, Ingram explained how his teammates urged him to take his shots. All of them.
“It was open arms from everyone: all the teammates, all the coaches,” Ingram said, per Lakers.com. “Two games left in the season (and) they were telling me to shoot everything. I’m grateful to these guys, man.”
Ingram’s Lakers teammates and other NBA players reacted in awe to his incredible debut.
Ingram likely will feature for the Lakers on Wednesday night when they face the Los Angeles Clippers in their season finale. Here’s hoping he keeps shooting.
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