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

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Andre Ingram needed to grind for 10 seasons in the G League earlier than getting his NBA shot, however he seemed like he belonged in his debut Tuesday.

Ingram was scorching for the Lakers, scoring 19 points on 6-of-eight capturing whereas including three rebounds and an help in LA’s loss to the Rockets.

“The coaches and each teammate, to a T, stated, ‘Look, once you get it, everytime you contact it, let it go,'” Ingram informed ESPN’s Stan Verrett throughout an in-studio interview on “SportsCenter.”

The Staples Middle crowd cheered loudly for Ingram when he entered late in the primary quarter, and Rockets star Chris Paul additionally confirmed love.

Ingram spoke to The New York Occasions earlier than the sport and was adamant he would not change his type of play for the upper degree.

“They know me very nicely, they’ve seen me the final couple years, in order that they know what I do they usually understand how I play,” stated Ingram.

“That’s the objective: be who I’m.”

Ingram is a profession forty six % three -level shooter in the G League, and that type carried over into the NBA as he nailed his first try from deep.

The 32-yr-previous guard suited up for LA after earlier stops with the Utah Flash, Los Angeles D-Fenders and South Bay Lakers.

The decision-up got here as a shock for Ingram, who thought he was heading to an exit interview earlier than South Bay basic supervisor Nick Mazzella dropped the large news.

Ingram may have one other alternative to face NBA competitors when the Lakers shut out their season at Staples vs. the Clippers on Wednesday night time.