Of all the North American sports franchises, a few sit far above the rest due to players, coaches and championships in and out their doors. The Yankees, the Steelers, the Celtics, and many more sports teams are world renowned and appreciated for what they have done. These accomplishments make certain teams a destination point for many stars, but it had to be the LA Lakers who who helped make an overnight sensation of a 32-year-old G-league veteran.
For the casual fan, the NBA has it’s main league that everyone is familiar with. The NBA also has a G league, an opportunity for a second chance for many players not in the NBA, young and old, and Andre Ingram is one of the old. At the age of 32, Ingram had spent 10 years in the G league playing for a variety of different teams. As it sits right now, he is the G League’s career leader in three-point field goals with 713.
Ingram made around $19,000 a year playing in the G League and spent time as a math tutor to make some extra money. Due to various injuries though, Ingram was able to get his first call up to the NBA against the Houston Rockets. At 32 years old, Ingram became the oldest American rookie in the NBA since 1964. The 6-3 guard nailed his first four shots on Tuesday night, which included 3 from behind the arc. Ingram was Evan able to gather some “MVP” chants from the hometown crowd, finishing the night with 19 points.
Sports offers a unique opportunity for a dream to come true in an instant. The “overnight sensation” tag comes with a certain expectation that the athlete will follow up with more than one solid performance, and in this case Ingram used the Lakers final game to score 11 points, including one three pointer. As a Lakers fan, I believe that Ingram would have had this night with a few other franchises, but none come close to what it must have felt like to play at the Staples Center for arguably the best NBA franchise all time.
The beautiful part of this entire story is that one way or another, Ingram’s grind paid off. This man spent 10 years making less than $20,000 a year to follow his dream. He has a wife and kids, and I’m sure the conversation has come up time and time again about financial support. Andre Ingram will be in the league next year on one team or another, and that chance alone has to feel like he won a championship. This is just living proof that in a world full of opportunity, it only takes one chance to make a dream come true.