An in-season tournament is something that is happening for the first time in the NBA. Starting from 3 Nov and ending on 7 December, it will be a new experience for players as well as the fans. The winning team will get an NBA cup while each player of the winning team will receive a sum of $500,000. A total of six groups have been formed, and the tournament consists of two stages, Group Play and Knockout rounds.
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Different Groups in the In-Season Tournament
New York Knicks
Los Angeles Lakers
Portland Trail Blazers
Los Angeles Clippers
New Orleans Pelicans
Golden State Warriors
Oklahoma City Thunder
San Antonio Spurs
First Game of In-Season Tournament
In the first-ever game of the NBA In-Season Tournament, the Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers faced each other. The Pacers won it by 121-116. Though it was just like any other NBA game still there was a new experience for the players since the uniform, and the court was new.
“It feels a little different,The court is very different. It’s a visual sensation that I’ve never experienced on a court before.” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said
Tyrese Haliburton’s suggestion for In-Season Tournament rules
Every player of the winning team is going to receive the cash prize of $500,00, but Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton believes that the winning team should be awarded direct entry to the playoffs.
“I think the greatest incentive for everybody to do it would be an automatic playoff bid,” he said. “If it was a playoff spot, I think everyone would take it very, very serious, right? I think the older teams would take it serious. But then it might … what would [the winning team] do then?” Tyrese Haliburton