On Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena, the Los Angeles Lakers, led by LeBron James, triumphed against the Indiana Pacers in the NBA’s inaugural In-Season Tournament championship game. With the victory, the group won the competition for the first time, and James was named the team’s first Most Valuable Player.
Gaining the honor undoubtedly enhances James’ legacy. December 30 is the four-time MVP’s 39th birthday as he enters his 21st season in the league. James added: “I don’t think it’s even about the MVP, it’s about us coming together to win this thing. This is the [inaugural] in-season tournament. … Records will be broken, but one thing that will never be broken is to be the first to do something. And we’re the first champions of the in-season tournament, and nobody can ever top that, and it’s great to do it with a historical franchise and just a great cast of funny, engaged, competitive men over here.”
The Lakers, who are now 14-9 and in fifth place in the Western Conference standings, are looking forward to the NBA playoffs.