Thursday , Aug , 02 , 2007 Oly Sandor

NBA Leaves Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant & Greg Oden Under The Christmas Tree

I’m not going to sing any carols or songs in celebration of the NBA’s potent Christmas Day schedule. But this triple-header is outstanding. I can see hoop fans ignoring their families and friends to take in Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, and Greg Oden … Click here for details on the Christmas Day schedule …

ESPN’s Marc Stein reports on the NBA’s Christmas Day schedule:

The NBA will be dark on Thanksgiving for the second consecutive year, but how ’bout a snowy tripleheader to make up for it? Game 1: at (ABC). Game 2: at (ABC). Game 3: Sonics at Blazers in the first-ever Durant versus Oden showdown (ESPN).

My Quick Take: I’m not going to sing any carols or songs in celebration of the NBA’s potent Christmas Day schedule. But this triple-header is outstanding. I can see hoop fans ignoring their families and friends to take in , , , , Kevin Durant, and Greg Oden.

Game 1:
Miami vs. Cleveland.

The Hype: This game features two of the NBA’s biggest stars: Wade and James. We also get to spend Jesus’ Birthday with . Hopefully, The Big Aristotle will drop a few memorable quotes for fans.  No rapping, though, Shaq.

The Very Early Breakdown:
The Heat and Cavs should be two of the Eastern Conference’s best teams. I’m excited to see how Cleveland will use and next season. Miami has to stay healthy and focused or they’ll slip down the standings.

Game 2:
Phoenix vs. Los Angeles.

The Hype: Kobe Bryant provides all the hype necessary. The Lakers’ star is the NBA’s version of reality TV, requesting trades, and getting video taped badmouthing the organization outside of California strip malls. The Suns, and their seven seconds to shoot offense, is always fun to watch, too.

The Very Early Breakdown: Phoenix will contend next season. They’ve kept their core and added Grant Hill. I also like the addition of Alando Tucker; he reminds of another Wisconsin graduate-Michael Finley. Right now, the Lakers lack the pieces to contend; however, the Bryant- match-up is always exciting to watch.  

Game 3: Seattle vs. Portland.

The Hype: Durant vs. Oden. Does it get any better than this? The NBA gave their future stars prime billing on their Christmas Day extravaganza.   

The Very Early Breakdown:
These two won’t dominate right away. Summer league showed that they both need time to develop. But an early glimpse of Durant and Oden will be a Christmas present for all NBA fans.

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