Wednesday , Aug , 06 , 2008 Oly Sandor

NBA leaves Paul, Howard, Nash, Shaq, Duncan, Parker, Bryant, Pierce, Garnett, James and Stevenson under Christmas Tree

One thing is on my mind: the NBA. Friends are an afterthought. Hey, if we’re really boys my basketball obsession won’t offend you on Jesus’ day, right? And family? Well, I love my blood, but the games are on. I also enforce a strict no-talking policy during game action. All “Merry Christmases”, “Happy Holidays”, and general well wishes can be exchanged during sixty-second commercial breaks …

NBA leaves Paul, Howard, Nash, Shaq, Duncan, Parker, Bryant, Pierce, Garnett, James and Stevenson under Christmas TreeEvery year, I get in trouble on Christmas. Instead of enjoying the festivities I park my ass in front of the plasma with plates of hot food and buckets of cold beer.

One thing is on my mind: the NBA’s Christmas Day games. Friends are an afterthought. Hey, if we’re really boys my basketball obsession won’t offend you on Jesus’ day, right? And family? Well, I love my biological clan, but the games are on.

I enforce a strict no-talking policy during game action. All “Merry Christmases”, “Happy Holidays”, and general well wishes can be exchanged during sixty-second commercial breaks.

Violations of these rules result in banishment from the media room. Friends and family have their uses. Friends re-stock my plate, while family, especially my five nephews, fetch beers from the fridge.

Who says the holidays aren’t about giving? Jokes aside, the NBA recently announced their full season schedule, which included the 2008 Christmas Day games. Here is a preview of December 25th:

 

Game 1: New Orleans versus Orlando.

 

The Very Early Breakdown: The schedule kicks off with a Chris Paul-Dwight Howard undercard. The NBA suits are looking to shine light on the game’s brightest young stars and two up-and-coming teams.

 

Game 2: San Antonio versus Phoenix.


The Very Early Breakdown: Can’t go wrong with old faithful. A Spurs-Suns duel has more history than The Alamo and the desert put together.


Game 3: Boston versus Los Angeles.


The Very Early Breakdown: An NBA Finals re-match between the green-and-white and purple-and-gold. Who cares? Paul Pierce and Kobe Bryant will finally settle who the league’s best player is.

 

Game 4: Washington versus Cleveland.


The Very Early Breakdown: Don’t expect goodwill between DeShawn Stevenson and LeBron James when the Wizards face the Cavaliers.

 

What Christmas game will you watch? Let us know in the comment box below. Click here for a complete 2008-09 schedule and come back to HoopsVibe The Blog for more NBA tidbits. Photo courtesy of Tim DD. Please note: the lead of this article appeared last year with HoopsVibe The Blog.