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Don’t Knock the Hustle


The late season success of Andre Ingram highlights the value of persistence 


As the regular season came to a close, the famed Los Angeles Lakers franchise brought a feel-good story amidst the glitz and glamor of Hollywood. 32-year-old part-time math tutor Andre Ingram joined the scores of legends who have donned the purple and gold as he fulfilled his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA.


Coming out of unheralded American University, the 6-foot-3 marksman had a more than decent collegiate career but failed to catch the eyes of professional scouts as he was passed up in the 2007 NBA Draft. Instead of brooding over it or giving up on his dreams, Ingram signed for the Utah Flash and began his career in the developmental leagues.


Over the years, Ingram has impressed with his outside shooting as the league’s all-time leading in three-point field goals and a two-time Three-Point Contest winner. His work ethic and leadership were also notable, making him a valuable addition to his teams. Despite this, the Virginia native never got the call-up of his dreams, in making it to the big leagues.


All these changed in the final two games of the 2017-18 season however, as the Lakers finally rewarded his persistence and efforts by calling him up to their NBA roster. Ingram seized the opportunity and dropped an impressive 19 points in his debut, showing no hesitation or nerves as he fired away from deep. Having made his case for a permanent roster spot next season, fans will be looking forward to seeing the next chapter of his NBA journey unfold.