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The Lakers celebrated their In-Season Tournament title in style

It’s not quite an NBA title but that didn’t stop the Lakers from basking in the moment of winning the first NBA In-Season Tournament by celebrating in style after the win.

2023 In-Season Tournament Championship Game - Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Lakers Photo by Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images

The Lakers never lost during the inaugural NBA In-Season Tournament and beat the Indiana Pacers high-powered offense 123-109 on Saturday to hoist the first-ever NBA Cup.

Many wondered what the celebrations and mood would be like for this tournament and we now know the competition was a surprising success. The games were quality, fans got into it and the Lakers didn't quite celebrate like it was an NBA championship, but the scenes were closer to the Major League Baseball teams celebrating when they win a playoff series.

LeBron James led the Lakers to victory as the NBA In-Season tournament MVP, so he naturally led the way to the celebration room.

With four NBA titles under his belt, James knows a thing or two about popping champagne bottles and showed the baby Lakers how it's done.

One of the things I find refreshing about James is that he doesn't put on a facade. At the end of the day, he's a corny 38-year-old dad with hilarious dance moves, which doesn't deter him from his greatness on the court.

Cam Reddish has been an NBA journeyman. This is his fourth team in five seasons, but it looks like he finally found his home and role as a 3-and-D guy in Los Angeles. Seeing him enjoy this moment after all his difficulty in the league was great.

What tradition will develop with the NBA Cup remains to be seen, but maybe Jaxson Hayes and the Lakers are starting something with players drinking champagne out of it just like hockey players do with the Stanley Cup.

Hayes was asked how it tasted to drink out of it and answered by saying, "It tastes good,"

Seeing how players responded to the NBA In-Season Tournament and these celebrations after the championship game shows how successful this tournament has been. It's not the main goal but what could be won and what was at stake tonight. The Lakers will be looking to turn this into a building block en route to their 18th title.

You can follow Edwin on Twitter at @ECreates88.

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