Andre Ingram, Lakers' 32-year-old Rookie, Dishes in NBA Debut

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After 10-years in the National Basketball Association development league and a record 713 three-pointers made, 32-year-old Andre Ingram became the NBA's oldest American rookie since 1964 on Tuesday night, and he did it while dropping 19 points for the Los Angeles Lakers against the NBA's top team, the Houston Rockets, in his debut.

Houston Rockets star Chis Paul, who may be 32 - nevertheless was collaborating in in his 892 regular-season sport on Tuesday - warmly greeted Ingram ahead of his debut.

Ingram hit his first four shots after coming off the bench in the second quarter, and finished with 19 points in the Lakers' 105-99 loss to the Rockets. He also had three rebounds, an assist, a steal, and three blocks to his name after just over 29 minutes on the court as well.

Ingram will earn $13,824 for games against the Houston Rockets and L.A. Clippers to finish out the season, according to ESPN's Larry Coon - and one can argue he's already played his money's worth after a 19-point performance in his rookie debut.

"It was excellent", Ingram said.

"From the team warm-ups, the atmosphere was electric". It was great. The group, the lights, it was merely as quickly as in a lifetime.

After a decade in the minors, Ingram - a 2003 graduate of Highland Springs High School in Henrico County - seized the chance to live his long-deferred dream by scoring 19 points for the Los Angeles Lakers. "Just an inspirational story".

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"Everyone was like, 'Man, when you get it, just let it go, '" Ingram told ESPN.

"It's been a joy", said Ingram, whose wife and kids were on hand to watch his long-awaited night.

You stay on the grind and at the end of your 10th year, you finally get the call.

Ingram's Lakers teammates in Brook Lopez and Julius Randle were just as impressed. But in the first half, the Rockets lost backup forward Luc Mbah a Moute to a dislocated right shoulder while dunking in this meaningless game. All the players, all the coaches.

Ingram is the G League all-time leader in three-pointers made with career averages of 10 points and 3 rebounds per game on 46% shooting.

"I think it's less (serious) than last time, but I don't know", D'Antoni said. He has been with the Lakers the past six seasons.

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