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32-year-old rookie Andre Ingram gets the MVP treatment from crowd

Andre Ingram

Kobe Bryant is still retired but judging from the reaction of the crowd inside the Staples Center during Tuesday’s match between the visiting Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, it appeared as though they were witnessing greatness unfold in front of their eyes. Early in second quarter of the contest, 32-year-old guard Andre Ingram made a trip to the free throw line and instantly got a treatment from Lakers fans usually reserved for LA greats.

The last time they were this electrified this late in the season was when Kobe dropped the mic with a 60-point explosion in his last NBA game in 2016.

Ingram, of course, was only being given a warm welcome by appreciative basketball fans who were all happy to see the 10-year G League veteran finally get his minutes in the big leagues.

After 10 seasons in the minors, Andre Ingram was surprised by the Lakers by inking him to a 10-day contract that would make him eligible to play in the team’s last two outings of this season. It also did not take long for Ingram to show Lakers fans what he does best, as he buried a triple shot in his first three-point attempt in the NBA.

After dealing with the Rockets, the Lakers will stay in Tinseltown for Wednesday’s regular-season finale against fellow Staples Center residents, L.A. Clippers.