You’ve Gotta Love 32-Year-Old Lakers Rookie Call-Up Andre Ingram

Bryan Brandom
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Once his G League season wrapped up, 32-year-old guard Andre Ingram thought he was headed home to tutor math until the 2018-19 campaign rolled around.

Instead, he was intercepted by Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka and president of basketball operations Magic Johnson, who asked him to make his NBA debut after 10 seasons in the league’s minors.

The 6’3″ marksman, who owns a scorching 46.1 three-point shooting percentage in his G League (formerly the D-League) career and is the league’s all-time leader in makes from deep, didn’t squander the opportunity.

Ingram finished with 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting (4-of-5 from three) in a 105-99 loss to the Houston Rockets.

“It couldn’t happen to or for a better person,” Old Dominion head coach Jeff Jones, who coached Ingram for four years at American University, told the New York Times. “I don’t think I could adequately describe what a quality human being Andre Ingram is, and has been, going back to when we were recruiting him when he was a high school kid in Richmond, Virginia.”

After watching his postgame interview with the “Inside the NBA” crew, it’s impossible not to be overjoyed for the guy.