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Bah, humbug

It's not very often (OK, never, then) that these words cross the Blob's lips. But thank God for Phil Jackson.

Finally, someone has the stones, and the standing, to state what should be stated every year: Christmas Day games are a pain in the hindparts.

Jackson hates 'em. Says the NBA shouldn't be playing on that day, which is, after all, not only a holy day for a lot of folks but also one of the quintessential family days of the year.

So why, aside from the obvious financial reasons, does the NBA insist on playing six games on Christmas Day now? Even more absurd, why are there three D-League games (including a Mad Ants home game) on Christmas Day?

Seriously, do the D-League officials think these games are going to be major draws? I can't imagine they're that clueless. Frankly, if the Ants game doesn't draw at least 4,000 (and I doubt seriously it will), they shouldn't be playing it. Not only do you make the players and coaches spend Christmas away from their families, you make all your support personnel do so as well.

Unless you draw the biggest crowd of the year, it's simply not worth their time and their sacrifice.

Ben Smith's blog.