3 Huge takeaways from the NBA's Inaugural In-Season Tournament

The inaugural NBA In Season Tournament turned out to be a huge success as the Los Angeles Lakers captured the title defeating the Indiana Pacers in the championship game.
James and Davis lead Lakers to In Season Tournament title.
James and Davis lead Lakers to In Season Tournament title. / Douglas P. DeFelice/GettyImages
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
2 of 4
Next

LeBron James once again shines above all

This was a tournament fit for a king as LeBron James' name is connected to a lot of great achievements as he continues to add to his list of personal accolades. But just as he said in a postgame interview, "There is nothing like being the first to do something."

James became the very first MVP of the In-Season Tournament and he did it as the oldest player in the NBA. He was a consistent force and came up clutch whenever he needed to deliver. What James and the Lakers have done is given the league a preview of what they can expect once the playoffs arrive. If this Lakers squad can remain healthy and sustain the same consistent level of play they displayed in the tournament, nobody will want to face this team.

Especially if Anthony Davis plays the way he did in the championship game. The Lakers lose games that many feel they shouldn't lose but when there is pressure, adversity, and a sense of urgency to win at all cost, the duo of James and Davis will deliver more times than not. James winning MVP of this tournament also shows that there are no signs of him slowing down despite his age and that we could be in store for another historic performance from one of the greatest ever.