December 4, 2023


Porzingis mentioned he grew up enjoying in comparable tournaments when he was in Europe.

Kristaps Porzingis. AP Photograph/Charles Krupa
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Kristaps Porzingis understands that some individuals are skeptical in regards to the NBA’s new in-season match that’s scheduled to tip off this weekend.

The idea has been utilized in different sports activities leagues however is new to the NBA.

Porzingis says he’s in favor of the concept. He defined why at apply on Thursday.

“I find it irresistible. In Europe, we at all times have some form of match in preseason or in the course of the yr,” Porzingis mentioned. “After I was rising up, I at all times loved these sort of tournaments. It sort of simply put extra of a highlight on one thing that’s midseason and stuff like that.”

The match is split into six teams: East A, East B, East C, West A, West B, and West C.

The Celtics, together with the Nets, Raptors, Bulls, and Magic are in East C.

The match begins with group play, which is able to happen on Tuesday and Friday nights from Nov. 3 – 28. Group play video games additionally rely as regular-season video games.

A group’s report in group play will determine whether or not it qualifies for the knockout rounds.

Eight groups will advance from group play to the quarterfinals [Dec. 4-5]. A win within the quarterfinals would put a group within the semifinals [Dec. 7]. A championship recreation shall be performed on Dec. 9 in Las Vegas.

The quarterfinal and semifinal video games rely as regular-season video games, however the championship recreation doesn’t.

There’s an In-Season Event prize pool that shall be allotted to gamers based mostly on how far their group makes it. An in-season match MVP and All-Event group shall be named. The profitable group claims the NBA Cup and $500,000 per participant in prize cash.

The Celtics will start group play on Nov. 10 in opposition to Brooklyn at TD Backyard.

“It’s been introduced very well right here within the NBA, and we’ll see what occurs,” Porzingis mentioned. “However I consider it’s going to be a very good success. Though I do know lots of people are slightly bit skeptical, it’s going to be an enormous success and I look ahead to hopefully profitable it.”