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.