After pursuing his dream for 10 years in the D League, 32-year old rookie Andre Ingram made headlines when Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka surprised him with his first NBA contract at what he thought was just another developmental league exit interview.
He continued the feel good story of the basketball season by scoring 19 points in his NBA debut with the Lakers against the Rockets last night, hitting on 4 of 5 threes and receiving MVP chants from the Laker faithful in attendance. He even got some love from opposing Rockets guard Chris Paul. The Lakers lost 105-99, but no one is going to remember that.
Hopefully Ingram can get more than just this cup of coffee in the league, but his story of persistence and chasing his dream for the love of the game is inspirational for everyone grinding it out trying to achieve their own goals in life.
Watch Andre Ingram have the night of his life: