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The bold new features of the NBA In-Season tournament

Welcome to the NBA In-Season, with its brand new (and sometimes incomprehensible) rules, this tournament promises to shake the good old world of basketball. So, hang on for a colorful experience. Fields as vibrant as a palette of Warhol colors and jerseys that would make a rainbow pale, this is what awaits us. But no more suspense, let’s dive into this whirlwind of novelties.

22 December

5 min

NBA In Season Tournament Poster
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NBA In-Season Tournament: Basketball History

In November 2023, the NBA launched its very first “in-season” tournament, a colorful adventure that saw the teams compete in an unprecedented format.

The stated goal of this tournament, according to NBA luminaries, was to spice up the regular season, which apparently desperately needed more action. Inspired by similar concepts in the WNBA and European sports leagues, the NBA embarked on this adventure with the hope of stimulating fan interest and, of course, opening up new revenue avenues during the first months of the season, traditionally less lucrative period. Yes yes we know that everyone is waiting for the conference finals to start landing in front of Bein at 2am.

The tournament format was a mix of draw and fierce competition. Imagine: 30 teams in six East and West conference groups, each playing four games in the group stage, followed by playoff rounds where each loss means goodbye to the tournament. Are the self-proclaimed masters of basketball inspired by other federations to spice up their championship?

The players themselves had an extra motivation to shine - besides the fleeting glory and the satisfaction of victory, there was also a nice bargain at stake. Each player on the winning team was awarded a significant $500,000. Yeah, you read that right, half a million for every player on the winning team. How not to play this tournament thoroughly, especially for the guys on the bench?

Basketball courts of the NBA In-season tournament
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A visual revolution in the NBA

The NBA “in-season” tournament, where there was a real explosion of creativity, or a crisis of identity, depending on the point of view. On the one hand, we were treated to fields transformed into paintings of masters, painted in bright colors, with a huge NBA Cup trophy enthroned in the center. A design so bold that it felt like a video game, or perhaps a parallel dimension where basketball and abstract art merge.

Basketball jerseys of the NBA In-season tournament
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And what about City Edition jerseys? Nike, in a rush of genius (or madness), decided that each team deserved a uniform that reflected the soul of their city. So the Indiana Pacers wore jerseys celebrating Indianapolis’ cultural diversity, with a design inspired by the city’s murals - because nothing screams “basketball” like urban art, right?

The Los Angeles Clippers chose a jersey designed by an artist and basketball fan, Jonas Wood, because apparently, when you think of the Clippers, you immediately think of contemporary art. The Lakers, meanwhile, went for the chic with a black uniform evoking the California sky after sunset, probably to remind fans that every game is the start of an endless night of basketball.

So, whether it’s a tribute to Miami’s “Heat Culture” or a nod to the crowds of Milwaukee, these jerseys are not just outfits, but fashion statements. We could almost forget that this is a basketball tournament and rename it the “In-season fashion tournament” so the NBA has succeeded: we will talk more about the fields and the jerseys than the matches themselves. Well done, Adam, well done.

Whirlwind on the floor: reactions to the NBA In-Season tournament

Lakers World France à destination de Lebron James
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The NBA “in-season” tournament, this enigmatic newcomer to the world of basketball, has elicited varied reactions, oscillating between overflowing enthusiasm and total perplexity. For the players, this novelty was either an unexpected chance to shine (and fill their pockets) like LeBron James, or an additional reason to sigh at an already overloaded calendar. Even more games? Really?" seemed to be the question on everyone’s lips, accompanied by an exhausted look at the sky.

Tweet of the Celtics basketball team
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The teams, meanwhile, juggled between proven strategies and clever new tactics to conquer this mysterious format. We imagine coaches spending sleepless nights, trying to decipher the subtleties of this tournament like archaeologists in front of an unknown hieroglyph.

Tweet sur le design des maillots "City" de la NBA
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The media was furious. The sports columnists threw themselves on the subject with the greed of a child in a candy store, sharing their analyses, their predictions, and sometimes their complaints about this upheaval of basketball traditions. The fans were catapulted into a whirlwind of new rules to assimilate, transforming social networks into a battlefield where opinions clashed with the ardor of an NBA final.

Future of the tournament: bold predictions

The future of the NBA “in-season” tournament? We could almost consult a crystal ball as the predictions are varied. Between those who already imagine matches played on Mars and purists who dream of a return to the short shorts of the 80s, speculation borders on the absurd. We are even talking about introducing drones to film dunks from all angles, or why not rules inspired by the Quidditch to spice up the game. Anyway, one thing is certain: this tournament is not lacking in spice and continues to fuel the most wacky conversations.

And here at KT Sport Design, we rub our hands! You want a swimsuit as unique as these eccentric predictions? This is our specialty! We are ready to take on the challenge to create outfits that will make your team the star of the field (or at least the most original). With our touch of creativity, get ready to dazzle your opponents, and maybe even distract them enough to score a few extra baskets. After all, in a world where basketball is constantly reinventing itself, why not do the same with your style?

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