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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Phil Speaks... On Christmas Day Games and Schedule

So Phil has spoken again. This time he's voicing his displeasure of Christmas Day games in the NBA. He's miffed as to why the NBA puts so much emphasis on it when other leagues don't.

"It used to be two teams," Jackson said. "It used to be Phoenix and L.A. and New York and Boston or New York and Philly or somebody on the East coast. Now I see that they have like six games on Christmas." He continues, "I don't think anybody should play on Christmas Day, soccer teams don't play this time of year, they take a break. I don't understand it."

A quick check of the 2010 December 25th sports schedule shows the NFL is playing on Christmas this year- being it a Saturday may have something to do with it, don't recall a Wednesday NFL game, Christmas or not. The NHL isn't skating and thank goodness baseball does not drag the World Series out that long.

In all that we do side with Phil on the amount of Christmas day games. At one time it was one maybe two but surely no more than three. There are five now and frankly my dear, thats too damn many. As for Phil and the Lake Show they've played every Christmas since 1999. During that span Jackson as the Lake Show head man is 4-6 on Christmas Day. While being the roaming the bench in Illtown Jackson was 7-0 on Christmas Day bringing his grand total to 11-6 on Christmas Day.

Ahhh so Jackson has coached on Christmas Day 17, and make it 18 after his encounter with the Heat this Christmas, of his 20 years on the bench while being the apart of some underlying plot be it directly or indirectly. Hey he has a reason to gripe if he wants to spend more time with the bosses daughter but really he doesn't. When you coach the big boys in the markets that he has coached you kind of gotta expect to play on December 25th if your in the NBA. The NBA treats December 25th like any other day but with a few perks, a business day with less comp. Plus the players love it (how many times have you watched that Rockets/Magic bout on NBATV from Christmas Day '95 the past week and oh don't forget Bernard King's 60 on December 25th, still a record) cause theres not much going on and you know everyone is watching.

All in all we love Christmas Day Games and if the other leagues want to leave it alone fine, the association is off on the 24th of EVERY December, more room for us but no more than three games OK. Plus let's figure out how to upstage this NHL Winter Classic on New Year's. How about an outdoor game in a warm weather city, there is a market that is ripe for that. We know it's done in the preseason but how about being brave like the NHL and making it a game that counts? I bet Dirk wouldn't sit that one out huh?