Ingram's unusual rookie story - he played 10-plus seasons in the National Basketball Association G League (formerly known as the D League) before the Lakers called him up from the South Bay Lakers for their final two games of the season - made headlines prior to the game against the Rockets, and his performance inspired those who refuse to give up on their dreams. MVP chants [while at the free-throw line], that's just insane.
"It was once in a lifetime", Ingram said to reporters after the game. "Once we went out as a team for warm-ups, I just felt some electricity out there".
"Once I talked to Magic and everything, I was, I don't know, just emotions were flowing, and I didn't want to stop it", he said, referring to Lakers president Magic Johnson. "I told him 'much respect.' Ten years grinding in the G League, and to finally get an opportunity and to play like that, that is pretty special".
Ingram's debut nearly felt historic, especially when he started off hot.
Ingram, the 14th oldest rookie in league history, made his debut after playing 384 games - a full decade - in the developmental G League, including parts of the past six years with the Lakers own affiliate, the South Bay Lakers.
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Ingram also earned respect from around the world, receiving praise from NBA, MLB, and National Football League players, among many others.
"It's been a joy", said Ingram, whose wife and kids were on hand to watch his long-awaited night.
Ingram's dream night ended with a trip to the ESPN studio across the street from Staples Center for one more interview.
And that was just his first game.
Ingram and his Lakers will wrap up the season this evening against the Clippers before officially beginning the offseason.
"It was open arms from everyone: all the teammates, all the coaches", Ingram said, per Lakers.com. "But so thankful it did".