Andre Ingram: 'Atmosphere was electric' in long-awaited National Basketball Association debut

Andre Ingram shoots for the South Bay Lakers during the NBA G League playoffs

After 10 years in the G League, 32-year-old Andre Ingram was both veteran and rookie on Tuesday night as he made his first ever appearance in a Lakers jersey. "MVP chants, that's just insane", Ingram told reporters.

Paul said of Ingram's debut to ESPN after the game: "I told him I heard about his story, and that grind is unbelievable". "Once we went out as a team for warm-ups, I just felt some electricity out there".

After the game, nine-time All Star and two-time Olympic gold medallist Paul, 32, said: "I told him much respect".

Check out some of the highlights and reactions to Ingram's memorable debut below.

Ingram acknowledged after the game to TNT that he had moments when he considered not returning to the G League but felt close enough to the National Basketball Association that he couldn't give up. "10 years grinding in the G League, finally get an opportunity and to play like that, that's pretty special".

Ingram's debut nearly felt historic, especially when he started off hot.

One minute you're tutoring maths students, the next you're playing for Los Angeles Lakers in front of Magic Johnson, Will Ferrell and Nicki Minaj.

Ingram, a native of Richmond, Va., who holds the all-time G-League record for most 3-pointers made, hit his first four shots against the Houston Rockets, going 4-for-5 from beyond the arc, scoring 19 points, and even hearing "MVP" chants at the free throw line.

Ingram also earned respect from around the world, receiving praise from NBA, MLB, and National Football League players, among many others.

Ingram had flown his wife and two daughters in from Virginia to watch the culmination of their work. Ten years in the D League, but it wasn't like 10 hateful years or years I didn't enjoy. From the G League to the Lakers to SportsCenter. Someone who edited his page changed the second sentence to say that Ingram is considered to be the "Greatest Laker to play the game since the retirement of Kobe Bryant".

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