Just last night I was looking at the NBA Christmas schedule thinking to myself, “This is going to be an awesome day of basketball. Sorry family. Also, I need to trim my beard a little.” Bulls-Knicks then Celtics-Magic then Heat-Lakers then Nuggets-Thunder then Warriors-Trail Blazers, all without any overlap so you get about 15 hours of good basketball. It’s going to be so much fun. Cannot wait.

But, apparently, I am not the head coach of either of the last two teams to win an NBA championship. Those guys hate the schedule like a couple of Ebenenzer Scrooges. Check out these haters, courtesy of Paul Flannery at WEEI:

“It used to be Phoenix and L.A. and New York and Boston and New York or Philly or somebody on the East Coast,” Jackson, told reporters before the Lakers game against the Bucks. “Now, I see they have like six games on Christmas. It’s like Christian holidays don’t mean anything to them anymore. You just go out and play and entertain [on] TV. It’s really weird.” [...]

“I wish they would reduce the games on Christmas,” Rivers said Tuesday. “I thought it was more special when it was two games. Now they it’s up five games. I think that’s too many.”

You know what? These guys are both right. It is weird that we watch people play basketball in shorts on television and five games is way too many for Christmas. But who cares? It’s going to be great. Relax, the Grinch.

Furthermore, if the NBA stopped playing games on Christian holidays, then they’d have to stop playing games on non-Christian holidays. You think the NBA season is long now? Imagine if schedule makers had to be cognizant of every event that any part of the league’s fanbase might want to keep sacred — each season would be 22 months long. The way it is now, once a year there is a special day that’s used to showcase the league’s best teams. That’s pretty cool.

Basically, what I’m saying is that Phil Jackson and Doc Rivers need to go to the top of Mount Crumpit and hear all the Whos down in Whoville singing about how much they love the NBA’s Christmas games. Then, their hearts will grow three sizes and they’ll understand just how great these games really are.

Comments (10)

  1. Come on, Doc Rivers never said he hated Christmas games!

    “Honestly, when you play on Christmas Day, some guys are upset over it because you can’t spend time with your family,” Rivers said. “I look at it as a privilege. The fact that they asked us to play on Christmas means we’re one of the good teams, one of the featured teams. I wish they would reduce the games on Christmas. I thought it was more special when it was two games. Now it’s up to five, six, or seven games. That’s too many.”


  2. That’s why he’s the Grinch. He gets it, eventually.

  3. Hahahah! Great photo Trey! I’m printing this one.

  4. I’m a cleveland guy, so I am PUMPED to see Kobe and Lebron.
    Going to be a shoot out and I hope Kobe does most of the shooting.

  5. Playing on Christmas used be somewhat of an honor back in the 80′s and early 90′s. It was almost like the Thanksgiving football games. If you play for one of the best teams in the league you might as well suck it up and realize that the NBA will put you on TV in front of a national audience whenever it gets the chance and that includes Christmas day. If you don’t like it go play for/coach the Bucks or Timberwolves.

  6. Alright, I get it, Trey.

  7. Actually, Scrooge wouldn’t mind playing basketball on Christmas because to him, Christmas was just another day to make money, and in fact with better teams playing, the league makes more money on Christmas than otherwise.

    So really if you think about it, David Stern is Scrooge, Doc Rivers is the Ghost of Christmas Past, talking about how Christmas used to be better, and Phil Jackson is Ghost of Christmas Future, pointing the way toward a bleak dystopia when holidays are meaningless and we’re all forced to watch a Kings-Bobcats game like just another Tuesday night.

    And Nate Robinson as Tiny Tim.

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  9. [...] not celebrate. Don’t forget to watch all those games on Christmas Day that LeBron James and Phil Jackson hate so much. We’ll all catch up soon to chat about your favorite presents. Be safe. No [...]

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