Taking a look at the NBA Christmas Day Schedule

NBA Schedule: David Stern Has Finally Done it, He Has Ruined Christmas

7/29/12 in NBA   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

June 28, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; Anthony Davis (Kentucky), right, is introduced as the number one overall pick to the New Orleans Hornets by NBA commissioner David Stern during the 2012 NBA Draft at the Prudential Center.  Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE
                                  Don't worry buddy, you won't be playing this Christmas. Maybe next year.

David Stern thought nobody would notice. He thought if he released next seasons schedule amid the Olympic hoopla that his mistake would go unnoticed. But NBA junkies like me noticed, and we are not happy. David Stern has finally found a way to ruin Christmas.
The NBA released its 2012-2013 schedules and as fans noticed right away, there is one glaring hole- a lack of interesting games on Christmas day.
There are five games scheduled for Christmas day as usual but none of them, with the exception of Miami versus OKC, have any real intrigue. Here is a quick run down of the games:
Boston @ Brooklyn, 12:00PM ET
New York @ L.A Lakers, 3:00PM ET
OKC @ Miami, 5:30PM ET
Houston @ Chicago, 8:00PM ET
Denver @ L.A. Clippers, 10:30PM ET
Four of these games are completely meaningless. I will give the NBA this, they got the OKC versus Miami game right. The two combatants in the previous years Finals should always face off on Christmas day, especially if both teams are favored to reach the Finals again.
Just because the Nets severely overpaid for Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez does not mean they are a contender. They have no recent history with the Celtics and are a team that was just put together this off season. Wouldn’t a Knicks versus Nets game have been way more intriguing? Or even a Knicks versus Celtics game? And while we’re on the topic, is it too much to ask for a Lakers/Clippers Christmas game? How great would it have been to watch two same town rivalries face off on the NBA’s biggest day?
I feel like the kid from ‘A Christmas Story’ and David Stern is telling me I can’t have Lakers/Clippers and Knicks/Nets on Christmas day because I might shoot my eye out.
I am probably going to watch every second of every one of these games, but just for fun here are the five Christmas Day games I would rather have seen.
New York vs. Brooklyn
Lakers vs. Clippers,
OKC vs. Miami (the one game we actually got)
Spurs vs. Hornets (Duncan against Davis)
Boston vs. Philadelphia
Now David Stern can finally add ruining Christmas to the list of absurd things he has done lately, which include vetoing the Chris Paul trade and rigging the draft lottery in the Hornets favor.

George Monroy is a blogger that writes about sports, technology and movies. You can check out his movie blog at www.themoviegrind.com to see more of his work.
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7/29/12   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

Pat wrote:
I don't think these are THAT bad... but I'd swap a couple games and make it Celtics vs Lakers and Knicks vs Nets.

Yeah even Celtics Lakers would be great... You're right no NBA games are 'that bad' but it doesn't seem like there are any story lines to these games.

7/29/12   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

I don't think these are THAT bad... but I'd swap a couple games and make it Celtics vs Lakers and Knicks vs Nets.