It was a Cinderella story, if you’ve ever heard one. Following 10 years playing NBA G League basketball, Andre Ingram saw his perseverance rewarded in the form of an opportunity with the Los Angeles Lakers last season. It’s safe to say he made the most of his open window. The faithful veteran scored 19 points in his NBA debut on April 10, 2018, quickly putting him on everyone’s radar en route to flourishing into a national phenomenon.
But, of course, his story has never been just about one game. Despite his rapid rise in fame, Ingram has remained true to who he’s always been. Now in his 11th minor-league season — back with the South Bay Lakers — that means lending a helping hand and being a mature and trustworthy teammate to those around him, basketball’s new budding generation of talented prospects.
This week, the 33-year-old is once again in the news. His 2018-19 campaign has already been highlighted by a game-winning jumper, but this time, he’ll be recognized for his continued dedication to his craft and the game overall, more than a decade in the making and still going strong. On Saturday, Ingram became the NBA G League’s all-time games played leader when he suited up against the Canton Charge for his 402nd career game, surpassing Renaldo Major’s previous record of 401.
Being in the minor league record books isn’t new for the veteran; he’s already the NBA G League’s all-time leader in three-point field goals made with 736 (as of Saturday) and is also included in the top five in points scored, steals, and three-point percentage. He’s undoubtedly a historic figure of sorts, but his impact goes well beyond what he’s done on the court.
Ingram is a source of knowledge for his teammates and coaches. He’s a source of inspiration and motivation for fans and people all over the world, and at this rate, has no plans of slowing down as he offers all he has to give.