After Spending A Decade In The D/G League, Andre Ingram Got His First NBA Opportunity With The Lakers And Went Bonkers
First and foremost, Andre Ingram's story unquestionably serves as an inspirational tale of perseverance. Had he been called onto the Staples Center floor, waved to the crowd, and ran off into the sunset during the next break in action, the amount of miles he racked up on the long, uncertain road he took to realizing his dream still would have made doing so that much sweeter. Chances are the President of the Larry Bird Fan Club couldn't even fight back a smile while watching that gray-haired debut, as it represents just about everything that is great about sports.
That being said, how many points would he have needed to score before a poetically heart-warming moment became an inexcusable case of mismanagement? Don't get me wrong, Andre Ingram very much had the prayer-like shooting stroke of a one-time flash in the pan. However, he also has a decade of statistical evidence showing that he's far, far more than competent from an area of the floor that has gotten way too many people paid way too much money. The Lakers are heading into their season finale 13 games under .500 and they haven't exactly been setting the world on fire in recent years. You mean to tell me at no point could a 3-and-D guy with leadership qualities and a workmanlike attitude been of service to them?
By no means am I saying that one scorching hot performance in a meaningless game is proof that Andre Ingram's skillset is fit for an NBA bench. Still, with the way the Lakers have been dogging it the last few seasons, that 19-point effort sure makes it seem like he should have been thrown a bone before his hairline got put to sleep. Admittedly, I don't know my ass from my elbow when it comes to evaluating talent, but the 32 year old rook certainly put his foot in whatever mouth has spoken ill of his abilities.