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Prior to Tuesday's game against the Houston Rockets, the Lakers called up the 32-year-old Ingram from the G League's South Bay Lakers for the final two games of the season.

"It was excellent", Ingram said with a broad grin. He didn't miss a single shot until the fourth quarter of the game.

Several NBA players, as well as Lakers' legend Kobe Bryant who felt as shocked and inspired by his performance, showed their appreciation to the 32-year-old on social media. It was great. The group, the lights, it was merely as quickly as in a lifetime. "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".

Paul, like many others, was in awe of Ingram's inspirational story, which went viral Monday.

Ingram's Lakers teammates in Brook Lopez and Julius Randle were just as impressed. "Just his spirit, the way he plays, he defends, rebounds, runs, all that stuff". All the players, all the coaches.

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Guardiola continued to stress that you have to take your chances at this level, adding: " Football is boxes at that level".

"Of course there were times of, 'I'm not sure if this day is going to happen or not, '" Ingram said of doubts that often crept in during his grind. If that's the case, Ball will finish his rookie season averaging 10.2 points, 7.2 assists and 6.9 rebounds per game, while Kuzma will finish his promising rookie campaign with 16.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

Ingram made his National Basketball Association debut for the Lakers after 384 games over a full decade in the developmental G League, including parts of the past six years with the Lakers' affiliate. He briefly played in Australia in 2016 before returning to the G League. Either you're a big fan of the G League and its record book, as Ingram holds the league record for the most made three-point field goals in a career (713), or you're one of the middle or high school math students he tutors.

Ingram was the Lakers' leading scorer at halftime with 11 points on 3-of-3 shooting in what was surely a lifelong dream finally coming true.

Rockets: At the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday. He has been with the Lakers the past six seasons.


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