But the Lakers could have never predicted the stellar performance they got from Ingram against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night -- 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 3 blocks in 29 minutes in his first NBA game -- nor him nearly leading them to a come-from-behind win against the best team in the NBA.
Los Angeles ultimately lost to Houston, 105-99, but Ingram's impressive debut -- after 10 years of grinding in the G League -- dwarfed the game's outcome. The uplifting story had social media losing its mind, including several notable NBA players -- and a certain Lakers legend -- who felt as shocked and inspired as everyone else.
Ingram ignites Lakers with 19 points in debut
In his first NBA game at the age of 32, Andre Ingram puts up 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting and 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.