If there wasn’t an idea for a biopic about Andre Ingram in the works it would be a travesty. After all, aside from the movies, who in the world gets the call at age 32 to come and play in the NBA, and for the LA Lakers no less? They might have lost the game but Andre’s quick release and scoring ability was second to none that night and managed to put up a healthy amount of points and earn a great deal of respect from around the league.
Just think about it, most players are taken out of college, some right out of high school, but the point is that they’re young and fresh when they get into the game, able to be molded and developed into great ballplayers throughout the years. A 32-year old is usually thought to be near to past his prime, dead weight to a team that needs young talent and prefers energy over experience. But Andre Ingram decided to write an addendum to that belief during the Lakers’ game against the Clippers when he hit nothing but net and dropped a few jaws at the same time. He was putting up the kind of numbers that make people wonder why he didn’t get the call at the beginning of the season rather than near the end, which also makes folks wonder if he’s going to stick around or if this was just for a couple of games and out. That’d be a sad, sad thing really if it happened since he proved that he can run with the boys and the men and do some serious damage.
The biopic would have to go far enough back to show how he’s been playing in the G League for a while and doing just fine there without getting the call to come up to the NBA for the longest time. Likely as not it would feature a few embellishments here and there but would hopefully still be something that could be recognized as his life and given the kind of respect he’s really due. Seriously, just watching the clips and highlight reel is enough to see that this guy needed to be there for the Lakers from the get, not worrying about if they would ever call and going about his business as a tutor to middle and high school kids. This seems like talent that’s been wasted even if he’s been playing the G League, since he managed to get around professional-level players and didn’t blink. He even managed to draw a foul after making a shot, now how much more does a person need to see that this guy has it going on?
If he does get a biopic the chances are that it’s going to be a TV movie, but that would be just fine really. It would at least give him some recognition for being what the NBA might need right now, a guy that finally gets his shot and proves he’s worth the phone call.