It has to be the Lakers, the most iconic team in the NBA. And it should be LeBron James, the player who swallowed the famous records of bites, the most charismatic of the championship. The first statement can be disputed with the Celtics, the legendary franchise that has tied 17 titles in the Californian league, an eternal rivalry. The second is undisputed, unless Michael Jordan comes back and wears God again, like Larry Bird once did. It should be the Los Angeles Lakers who inaugurated the record of the In-Season Tournament, the tournament within the season, that type of NBA Cup created by commissioner Adam Silver to increase interest and competition in the peaceful first part of the campaign, which ended on Saturday night in Las Vegas with the final crowning the Los Angeles team. Alas! In front are the Indiana Pacers, who beat the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks, two of the big favorites in the ring, led by one of the sensations of the course: Tyrese Haliburton. But the power of history was overwhelming when push came to shove: 123-109.
The Lakers thus opened this new tournament with a prestigious champion and, if I may be so bold, they broke the title tie of their opponents in Boston. I’m sorry. The MVP couldn’t be anyone else: LeBron. He wasn’t the best player in the final, an honor that Anthony Davis had with a whopping 40 points, 20 rebounds and 5 assists, but the legendary James came out the most outstanding in the entire competition. Another notch in the shoe of the Akron phenomenon, who will be 39 on December 30, is still at the top of the NBA, that universe where he shined for 21 years of our lives.
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