32-Year-Old Lakers Player Puts Up Historic Night In Debut After Spending 10 Years In The Minors

The part-time math tutor holds the record for longest time spent in minors.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Andre Ingram passes the ball while under pressure from Houston Rockets guard Gerald Green. Photo by Mark J. Terrill/AP Photo.

The last few dwindling days of the NBA season normally provide the kind of entertainment only true purists and diehards can appreciate. Occasionally, a fringe player — the Ben Uzohs and Chris Copelands of the basketball universe — will put forth an eye-popping, if ultimately forgettable, stat line.

It’ll be a lot harder to forget Andre Ingram’s NBA debut.

After 10 years and 384 games spent toiling in the G League (plus a pit stop in Australia), just signing a contract for the remainder of the season with the Los Angeles Lakers would have represented the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for the 32-year-old-Ingram. But he did more than take up space on the bench: Ingram showed he belonged.

“Everyone was like, ‘Man, when you get it, just let it go,’” he told reporters after the game. The 6-3 guard and the G League’s all-time leader in three did just that, draining 6 of 8 shots — including four treys — in 29 minutes of action against the Houston Rockets, adding three blocks and a steal for good measure.

The Rockets star guard Chris Paul got a gander at Ingram’s exploits and came away grinning. “I told him I heard about his story and that grind is unbelievable,” said Paul, per ESPN. “I told him ‘much respect.’ 10 years grinding in the G League, and to finally get an opportunity and to play like that, that is pretty special.”

It was special enough to get his name enshrined the Lakers’ record books, alongside a few all-time greats and beloved stars.

But for a meaningless game — the Rockets had already clinched the NBA’s best record and the Lakers’ pick will go to the Philadelphia 76ers or Boston Celtics, depending on how the draft lottery plays out — the crowd at the Staples Center ate up Ingram’s debut.

Chants of “M-V-P” rang throughout the arena.

Lakers center Brook Lopez was equally impressed, saying Ingram looked like “he belonged out there,” and adding, “That’s the stuff that dreams are made of. Just an inspirational story.”

Ingram graduated from American University in 2007 and went undrafted, earning a degree in physics. He’s put it to use from time to time, offering his services part-time as a math tutor when his G League salary didn’t cover all the bills. Though he contemplated richer offers from various European pro leagues over the years, he remained in the U.S., betting that it was worth sacrificing more than a few dollars.

But after amassing the longest career in G-League history — and moments where he’d contemplated quitting — he got the shock of his life during what he thought would be a normal exit interview with the South Bay Lakers. There, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka and none other than Magic Johnson, president of basketball operations, entered the room to let Ingram know he’d finally made it.

Still, he managed to take in the enormity of the moment, even with his wife and two daughters, who’d trekked from his Virginia home to Los Angeles, in attendance. “It was excellent,” said Ingram. “Once we went out as a team for warm-ups, I just felt some electricity out there. It was amazing. The crowd, the lights — it was just once in a lifetime. It was awesome.”

According to head coach Luke Walton, Ingram’s presence on the roster wasn’t motivated by charity, or even to provide a sentimental coda to a Hollywood-scripted sports flick.

“We were bringing him up because we thought he could help us when we have bodies down, and he can shoot the ball. It was for us just as much as it was for him, and I think tonight he showed the basketball world what kind of shooter he is,” Walton said. “For being in the bright lights, he was pretty good tonight and it was a lot of fun to watch.”

It really was. For those that didn’t watch it live, here are the highlights. Take a look and see if you, like Ingram, can wipe the smile off your face:

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"Seventy percent of the Earth is covered with water, now you camp on it!" proudly declares Smithfly on the website for its new camping boat — the Shoal Tent.

Why have we waited so long for camping equipment that actually lets us sleep on the water? Because it's an awful idea, that's why.

"The world is your waterbed," Smithfly says on its site. But the big difference is that no one has ever had to worry about falling asleep and then drowning on their waterbed.

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While it is possible that one could wade into the water, unzip the tent, have a pleasant slumber, and wake up in the morning feeling safe and refreshed, there are countless things that could go terribly wrong.

The tent could float down the river and you wake up in the middle of nowhere.

You could have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

This guy.

It could spring a leak and you could drown while wrapped up in eight feet of heavy nylon.

A strong current could tip the tent-boat over.

There isn't any way to steer the darn thing.

This guy.

Mashable shared a charming video of the tent on Twitter and it was greeted with a chorus of people sharing the many ways one could die while staying the night in the Shoal Tent.

Oh yeah, it's expensive, too.

Even though the general public seems to think the Shoal Tent is a terrible idea, according to the Smithfly's website, it's currently sold out due to "popular demand" and it will be "available in 6-8 weeks." Oh, and did we mention it costs $1,999?

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There are few more perniciously dangerous conspiracy theories being shared online than the idea that vaccines cause autism.

This has led to a decline in Americans vaccinating their children, resulting in a massive increase in measles. This year has already seen over 1,200 cases of measles, a disease that was eradicated in the U.S. nearly 20 years ago.

A 2015 Pew Research study found that 83% of Americans think the measles vaccine is safe, while 9% think it's not. Another 7% are not sure. But when you look at the polls that include parents of minors, the numbers get worse, 13% believe that the measles vaccine is unsafe.

There is zero truth to the idea that vaccines cause autism. In fact, a recent study of over 650,000 children found there was no link whatsoever.

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A great example of the lack of critical thinking shown by anti-vaxxers was a recent exchange on Facebook shared to Imgur by zoezimmm.

A parent named Kenleigh at a school in New Mexico shared a photo of a sign at reads: "Children will not be enrolled unless an immunization record is presented and immunizations are up-to-date."

This angered a Facebook user who went on a senseless tirade against vaccinations.

"That's fine, I'll just homeschool my kids," she wrote. At least they won't have to worry about getting shot up in school or being bullied, or being beat up / raped by the teachers!"

To defend her anti-vaccination argument, she used a factually incorrect claim that Amish people don't vaccinate their children. She also incorrectly claimed that the MMR vaccine is ineffective and used anecdotal evidence from her and her father to claim that vaccinations are unnecessary.

She also argued that "every human in the world is entitled to their own opinion." Which is true, but doesn't mean that wildly incorrect assumptions about health should be tolerated.

She concluded her argument with a point that proves she doesn't care about facts: "It doesn't matter what you say is not going to change my mind."

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While the anti-vaxxer was incorrect in her points, it must also be pointed out that some of the people who argued with her on Facebook were rude. That should never be tolerated in this type of discourse, but unfortunately, that's the world of social media.

Here's the entire exchange:

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The post received a ton of responses on imgur. Here are just a few:

"'In my opinion...' 'I believe...' That's not how facts work."

"You're entitled to your opinion. And everyone else is entitled to call you a dumbass."

"'What I do with my children is no concern to you at all.' Most of the time, true. When your kid might give mine polio, not true."

"If my child can't bring peanut butter, your child shouldn't bring preventable diseases."

It's important to call out people who spread dangerous views, especially how they pertain to health, on social media. But people should do so with respect and civility.


He photographed Nazi atrocities and buried the negatives. The unearthed images are unforgettable.

He risked his life to leave a "historical record of our martyrdom."

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In September 1939, the Nazis invaded Poland. By April 1940, the gates closed on the Lodz Ghetto, the second largest in the country after Warsaw.

Throughout the war, over 210,000 people would be imprisoned in Lodz.

Among those held captive was Henryk Ross. He was a Jewish sports photographer before the Nazi invasion and worked for the the ghetto's Department of Statistics during the war. As part of his official job, he took identification photos of the prisoners and propaganda shots of Lodz' textile and leather factories.

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Every few years there's something that goes mega viral because people can't decide what it is.

There was the famous "is it blue and black, or white and gold" dress?

There was the audio recording that said either "yanny" or "Laurel."

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Rochester NY Airport Security passing insulting notes to travelers caught on tape www.youtube.com

Neil Strassner was just passing through airport security, something he does on a weekly basis as part of his job. That's when a contract airport security employee handed him a small piece of folded cardboard. Strassner, 40, took the paper and continued on his way. He only paused when he heard the security employee shouting back at him, "You going to open the note?"

When he unfolded the small piece of paper, Strassner was greeted with an unprompted insult. "You ugly!!!"

According to Strassner, and in newly released CCTV of the incident, the woman who handed him the note began laughing loudly.

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