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Report: Bulls to host Lakers on Christmas Day

Aug 12, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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The Lakers are going to struggle this season. They might be entertaining on offense, with Kobe Bryant, Nick Young, Carlos Boozer, Steve Nash/Jeremy Lin at the point. But they are not going to be able to stop anyone. And in a deep, brutal Western Conference that’s not enough to keep them playoff bound.

But they are still a draw. Our own Brett Pollakoff tweeted this:

The NBA schedule is expected to be released this week and some of the highlights are starting to leak out. This would be part of that and while we’re not sure about it this seems likely.

It’s interesting because the Lakers have hosted on Christmas Day for a number of years in a row. They seem to have lost that standing.

If you’re asking why the Lakers are one of the 10 teams playing on Christmas (and likely in one of the two big national television slots) it’s because you’ll tune in to watch. Kobe Bryant vs. Derrick Rose. Kobe is a draw and the Lakers remain the Cowboys/Yankees of the NBA. It’s a brand that survives some down years.

Other games rumored for Christmas day are the Heat vs. Cavaliers in a game for LeBron James against his former team, and also the Clippers and Warriors in a game of the best of the Pacific Division.

We should know the rest in a couple of days.

  1. RavenzGunnerz - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Can’t wait. Hopefully it doesn’t go like last yr when neither star makes the Xmas game

    • libertyman62 - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      Hopefully they won’t be wearing those fugly t-shirts as part of their uniform.

  2. money2long - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Kobe bean Bryant. Looking forward to a great season from him.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      Definitely excited to see what he can do. Hopefully he stays healthy… never thought I’d be saying that about Kobe!

      • libertyman62 - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        As long as the Lakers miss the Playoffs, here’s to hoping that Kobe averages 40 PPG.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:44 AM

        Well they likely won’t make the playoffs. But crazier things have happened I guess.

  3. tjr324 - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Wizards vs Knicks also

    • basketballbro - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      Is this actually one of the scheduled games or just a thought you came up with? Because as a Knicks fan from Northern Virginia, I would love this match-up!

  4. milimpilim - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Another xmas road game? Damn… Oh well, small sacrifice for their salaries.

  5. cantonbound13 - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Spurs get screwed again?

    • libertyman62 - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      They are probably considered to be a Regressive team, not a Progressive one….hence the lack of interest by the Networks.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:57 AM

        folks just like to watch flash, glitz etc…

        players like playing that way too…

        The Spurs, who play solid, sound, fundamental team basketball have been perceived as boring for that last decade or more…

        even though they play the game the best and the right way, they are boring to most fans of “basketball”

      • antistratfordian - Aug 12, 2014 at 1:57 PM

        @sportsfan18 – There really is nothing fundamental about what the Spurs have turned into. They doubled down on a fad mainly because Miami forced them to. They used to play solid, sound, fundamental defense-oriented team basketball – now they play progressive, super-fast, offense-oriented, three-chucking small ball.

        And the Spurs are lacking one thing when it comes to the “right” way to play basketball. Yes, they’re unselfish, and that’s key – but you still have to be entertaining. People would much rather watch the unselfish showtime Lakers or the unselfish Heatles over the unselfish Sours. And those unselfish teams proved to be magnificent winners as well so you don’t lose anything from that standpoint.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 12, 2014 at 5:30 PM


        You said… “They used to play solid, sound, fundamental defense-oriented team basketball.”

        Only 5 teams gave up fewer total points last season than the Spurs.

        The Spurs were third in points per shot last season in the league.

        Only two teams gave up fewer points per shot than the Spurs.

        Indiana gave up 1.12 points per shot
        Chicago gave up 1.13 points per shot

        Then the Spurs gave up 1.15 points per shot.

        The Spurs played good D last year Anti.

    • paleihe - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      I wouldn’t consider not playing on Christmas as getting “screwed”.

      I sure as hell wouldn’t wanna play, especially if you’re home that day.

  6. nflcinbengals - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Get to watch my two favorite players in Rose an Bryant. Should be special!

  7. sportsfan18 - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Ahh… truer words have never been spoken in an article on this website…

    “The Lakers are going to struggle this season”

    “But they are not going to be able to stop anyone. And in a deep, brutal Western Conference that’s not enough to keep them playoff bound.”

  8. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    If Kobe Bryant suits up against Derrick Rose on Christmas Day and either one of them is the best player on their team… I’ll send PBT my next 10 paychecks.

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