HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — This is indeed where “Amazing Happens,” especially on Christmas.
Just ask the poor souls in the NBA who received 60 lumps of leather from Bernard King in their stockings back in 1984, when the Knicks star lit up the holiday with a performances for the ages (albeit in a loss).
We’ll have Bulls-Knicks first up at noon ET on ESPN, followed by Celtics-Magic at 2:30 on ABC, Heat-Lakers at 5 on ABC, and a nightcap of Nuggets-Thunder at 8 on ESPN followed by Trail Blazers-Warriors at 10:30 on ESPN.
Merry Christmas hoops heads.
That’s a day filled with dozens of All- Stars, including Derrick Rose and his Bulls squaring up with Amar’e Stoudemire and his Knicks, Boston’s Big 3+1 going toe-to-toe with Dwight Howard, Gilbert Arenas and the new-look Magic, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade taking their talents to Hollywood to face off Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol and the two-time champion Lakers, Carmelo Anthony and his Nuggets dueling with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Thunder, and Brandon Roy and the Trail Blazers matching wits with Monta Ellis and the Warriors to finish off this day and night of stars.
There’s no way you can get through Christmas without watching at least a little bit of each and every one of these matchups, there are too many stars and great teams on display for you to skip out, picked perfectly by the scheduling powers that be at the home office.
In the spirit of the season, the crew here at the hideout has come up with some of our all-time favorites and we need your help sorting things out.
HT’s top five Christmas Day performances:
1. Bernard King drops the hammer but the Nets prevail (1984).
2. Brandon Roy goes for 41 on the Nuggets (2009).
3. Scottie Pippen roasts the Knicks for 36 points and 13 rebounds (1994).
4. “Pistol” Pete Maravich lights up the Suns in a Hawks loss (1970)
5. Dr. J does his Christmas dance on the Bullets (1979).