As long as I can remember, the NBA on Christmas day has been a big event. In the 1990′s Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls were regulars on the air, so after stuffing my face, I could sit back and enjoy some great basketball. I recall seeing 2-3 great matchups every year. Recently, the NBA has stepped up their Christmas day presence, and are now offering 5 games for our enjoyment.
The day tips off with the Boston Celtics against the Brooklyn Nets in their new arena. ABC picks up the second game of the day, showing the New York Knicks visiting the Los Angeles Lakers. As soon as that game ends, ABC goes to the second game of their doubleheader, showing the Oklahoma City Thunder against the Miami Heat. In case you suffer from short term memory loss, that game is a rematch of last year’s NBA finals. ESPN then takes over for the evening games. They’ll show the Houston Rockets against the Chicago Bulls, and end the day with the Denver Nuggets on the road against the Los Angeles Clippers. If that’s not enough NBA action for you for one day, you’re a bigger fan than most!
One new wrinkle for the games this year: The teams will unveil the limited edition monochromatic winter NBA jerseys. For a sneak preview of what they will look like, and a chance to snag a jersey of your favorite star, click here.