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.