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Poll Question: Should the NBA have games on Christmas Day?

December 22, 2010 |  3:44 pm

Sometime in the 1980s, Phil Jacksonchastised the CBA commissioner for scheduling a Christmas Eve game.

"I called him and said that's the holy time," Jackson said. "He said, 'Oh man I forgot.' You have to keep reminding him this is a special day."

Eleven NBA championship rings two decades later, Jackson hasn't softened his stance. The Lakers' game Saturday against Miami marks the 12th consecutive year the organization plays on Christmas Day.

"I don't think anybody should play on Christmas Eve. Soccer teams don't play this time of year. They take a break. And hockey. I don't understand it," Jackson said. "It's like Christian holidays don't mean anything to them anymore. It's just go out and play and entertain the TV. It's really weird. It is what it is. We've got to go to work and do what we have to do and make the best of it."

The NBA will have five games: Chicago-New York (9 a.m.), Boston-Orlando (11:30 a.m.), Miami-L.A. (2 p.m.), Denver-Oklahoma City (5 p.m.) and Portland-Golden State (7:30 p.m.) making it possible for anyone to have an excuse to ignore family, get a quick NBA fix any time during the day or both. This debate comes up every year and it's not going to change soon, which is why Jackson doesn't plan on delivering his grievances directly to NBA commissioner David Stern. The sentiment among coaches, players and media vary from wishing the league would afford everyone a normal holiday, accepting this is part of the job description to seeing it as a privilege. But from a fan perspective, have the games gotten too much? Have you seen it detract from the true meaning of the holiday? Do you see it as a good thing so long as fans watch the games in moderation? Or is this the best time to air such a buffet of games, considering Christmas is a rare time when most get the entire day off?

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--Mark Medina

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