In the wake of a surprisingly successful and entertaining NBA In-Season Tournament, Yahoo Sports senior NBA reporter Vincent Goodwill issues a mea culpa after he and many others were critical of the league’s new offering. Hear the full conversation on “Good Word with Goodwill” - part of the “Ball Don’t Lie” podcast - and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen.
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VINCENT GOODWILL: So, I have a confession to make y'all. I probably told y'all here or in any other place that you guys have seen me or heard me that I think the in-season tournament is hokey. I think it's a bunch of nonsense, right? You address a problem by saying it's a problem and everything else, right?
Y'all. This in-season tournament has produced a bunch of playoff intensity I never expected to see. I completely discounted the fact that these players are cheap as all hell. And I don't mean cheap like they don't know what to do with their money. I mean cheap like they ain't paying for Pandora.
Well, here's the thing. Vegas is the ultimate transplant town. I don't think that you would have to twist the arms of many of these season ticket holders-- maybe the Pelicans, because they've had trouble drawing. But the Kings fans, that's not a hard drive or a hard trip.
All in all, this has been a wonderful invention. I was a critic of the play-in tournament. I did not like that. I thought it was a bit hokey. I'm a traditionalist. As you guys can probably see, I live in a crate. But this has been something that has been really, really successful. It's going to introduce teams, players, and storylines that we can follow for the rest of the season. And we can see and say that players have done this in circumstances that meant something more than just a Tuesday night in December.