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Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 at 10:35 am  |  63 responses

Christmas Games: Knicks/Celtics, Lakers/Bulls


We’ll get the full 2011-2012 schedule this afternoon from the NBA, but according to Newsday and the LA Times, here are two more of the matchups on Christmas Day matchups (Miami and Dallas will also reportedly square off on December 25th.): ”Knicks to host the Celtics on Xmas day., league source tells me. Provided, of course, there is a season … LA. will play the Chicago Bulls and league most valuable player Derrick Rose on Christmas Day at Staples.”

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  • http://www.nba.com/celtics lightsout

    i like it.

  • seriousblack

    What happened to the Heat? Are they playing the Mavs or are they bumped from Christmas day?

  • EmCee

    And God said ” LET THERE BE A SEASON”

  • ab40

    knicks on christmas day? boring. have they fired mike D already?

  • neaorin

    Yeah, right now the only place the Heat will host Dirk & Co. on will be on a Florida golf course.

  • robb

    Knicks? that franchise gets so much undeserved love…

  • seriousblack

    A lot of haters in here^^

  • Oh Nose

    Early Christmas Present!!!!! BULLS

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    CAN’T WAIT to witness the Knicks SHOW the Celtics THINGS DONE CHANGED and now the KNICKS RUN the Atlantic. Real talk, but YOU DON’T HEAR ME THOUGH.

  • triyo

    Why are the Knicks getting hated on? They have 2 of the best players in the game.

  • seriousblack

    Damn, the posters and moderators on this site are haters.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Hold up, I thought you were IAMGREEN4EVER during the playoffs. What happened?

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Come on now JTaylor21, you KNOW I’m a Knicks fan. Seriously, that Green forever ish is about as funny as LeBron is clutch during winning time in the 4th quarter. Just keeping it real man.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Hahahahaha sh*t just got real.

  • MUBWAR

    well triyo Amar’e and Melo are great but I don’t see them contending anytime soon for the East. if it’s Miami or Chicago then it might be the Magic or Hawks. sorry knicks fan

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    The Lakers are probably gonna lose again. We always suck on Christmas.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    All the Knicks need are role players, and a better coach, and they’ll be contenders.

  • seriousblack

    They could be contenders next season if they cared about playing defense. I can’t see that with D’Antoni being coach, and Melo getting fatter with each passing summer day. I’m a diehard Knick fan but even I recognize that the team needs a mental makeover.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    That’s exactly why I said they need a new coach that isn’t scared to tell Melo and Amare “Offense isn’t the only part of basketball.” But instead they have that thinks alike.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    *They have a coach that thinks alike.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Orange, fair enough. Just get ready for countless first round exits with Melo as the supposed leader/best player.

  • zach

    JTaylor, the no. 1 Lebron groupie, shouldn’t be talking about playoff exits. His man crush couldn’t even beat a one man team with two other elite players on his. You’re a Heat bandwagon fan so please stop talking.

  • MLK4Life

    DRose in the biggest game versus Kobe on Christmas Day. I’m not mad at that. I’d still rather see Heat-Bulls instead of Heat-Mavs which has been reported. Heat-Bulls will be the Eastern Conf. Finals for the foreseeable future. It’s not a rivalry between the Heat-Mavs just because they met in the Finals. I like the Knicks vs. Celtics matchup. The Knicks will be a tough.

  • http://slamonline.com Enigmatic

    I think there should be a rule when it comes to trash talking. You can’t talk if you have no team to root for. JTaylor, the no. 1 Lebron groupie, shouldn’t be talking about playoff exits. His man crush couldn’t even beat a one man team with two other elite players on his. You’re a Heat bandwagon fan so please stop talking.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Bulls will smash the Lakers.

  • http://slamonline.com Enigmatic

    Taylor, how’s it feel being a stan?

  • PDG

    bulls vs heat

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    The Knicks are not contenders, or gonna be anytime soon. You have to play defense to win in the playoffs. Stat and Melo are irrelevant fellows in the championship picture.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    @nbk, They have the starting lineup to contend, but they a new coach, a coach that’ll tell Melo and Amare that there defense is sh*t and actually help them improve on that side of the ball.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    On Christmas ;)

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Naw Amare just doesn’t get it on defense. Melo doesn’t really have the tools to affect an entire game defensively. They have no Center to make up for Amare. If they got a new coach and Tyson Chandler / Andrew Bogut ect then I can see it but not happening anytime soon with those

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Based on what little knowledge I garnered in public schools, zach is the fake enigmatic.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Amare doesn’t get it defensively no coach can improve his lack of awareness, Melo just doesn’t have the tools to affect a whole game defensively, they need a Bogut/Chandler center, but where they gonna fit that into the Salary cap in the next 6 years? They are f’d by Amare and Melo and their ridiculous contracts. D’Antoni is not the problem.

  • http://slamonline.com Enigmatic

    JTaylor, the only fake here is you. Fake fan who follows one man.

  • zach

    Of course nbk’s opinion is the end all be all. He’s such an expert that when he says something it’s law. Mr. Know-it-all has inside info on all things basketball.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Sh*t just got really real.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Damn.
    I swear, people really like using my screen name.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Ofcourse it’s “zach” the famous commenter critic here to say nothing useful. My opinion is just like everyone else’s, an opinion that I feel is right. Why don’t you logically disagree? Or is that out of the question?

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Whap!

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    And when I say D’Antoni is not the problem I mean it’s still possible for NY to win with him. Not that he is the right coach for their current roster.

  • zach

    How’s this for useful: Try not being such a geek. Oh and what does whap mean? Is that ghey slang or something?

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I disagree though, I think O’Antoni is part of the problem. I think Melo and Amare can keep doing their thing as long as they’re surrounded by defensive-minded players and a coach who will put much more emphasis on defense.
    If they had a Tyson Chandler or Joakim Noah type center, and a defensive stopper at SG who could also guard 3’s and some defensive cats off the bench to go with a bench scorer, they’d be aight. But it all starts with the coach’s philosophies and O’Antoni won’t cut it.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I’ll try to be less intelligent Zach. Then you try and play actual basketball and use your little big head to figure out what “whap” means. Matic that’s great in theory but the salary cap is NY’s issue. They have 2 players occupying 75% of their cap space BEFORE the lockout. Trading Billups under the current rules is the only way they could add a player like Noah/Bogut/Chandler yadayada as I can see it. Still though what team has ever won with two players that specialize in scoring and scoring only? On the other hand if I was the GM you’d be right, i’d be stuck with those players, so I’d try and get a Larry brown type to occupy my bench. I also wouldn’t have put myself in that position. Speaking of, since Dolan forced the issue is Donnie Walsh not coming back next season?

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    After next season, if there is a season, about $22 million in salary will come off their books. So they could go out and try to get those types of players then.

  • zach

    Just because you’re a know-it-all doesn’t mean you’re intelligent. I play ball twice a week. Geeks like you are the guys who talk basketball but are always the last ones picked to play…and that’s only when cats aren’t being mean.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Lmao u just flat out don’t know what your talking about Zach. If you do play twice a week you should here the sound plenty, either way your right I’m a geek because I understand the NBA and how the salaries contribute to assembling a roster. Ur a genius. School starts next month I hope you put that big brain to use in other ways too. Matic despite that 22 mill coming off the books they will still only be about 8 million below the cap (41Million committed to be exact) despite only 4 players on their roster. Not enough room for any of the centers we mentioned even if they filled the rest of their roster with guys who make the minimum.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    It’s the Knicks tho. A stud center will take a pay-cut.
    Yeah, I’m reaching now…

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    I don’t even think they could DeSanga Diop with all their money issues.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Lol, I’m not saying it’s impossible. Just it wouldn’t really be an establish center, they’d need like a Joe Dumars esque Ben Wallace find (not that lucky but close). Plus their bench is still paper thin.

  • zach

    At least I’d hear it on the court when it’s my hand and the ball making it. Like all geeks the closest you get is through your Xbox.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    What’s crazy is they worked so hard to get rid of horrible contracts to have a shot at LeBron, and now here they are again with horrible contracts.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Yeah Dolan wanted to sell out the Arena and get back on national television. Which worked, every game against Miami, Boston, Chicago this season will be nationally televised. So even more money in his pocket, mission accomplished. Zach, I dont need to prove myself to you, it’s pretty obvious you haven’t been more then a sperm for as long as I’ve been lacing them up. Maybe leave your computer and work on that jumper, two days a week is not gonna get you anywhere.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Oh and whap is not the sound of your dribbling. smh

  • zach

    No sh*t Sherlock… I’m betting you’re not even close to 30, which means you’re still wet behind the ears. So go run along, Sport.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Oh so your over 30 bragging about how you play basketball twice a week? And you feel the need to get on the Internet and hate on someone who thinks they have an intelligent opinion without saying anything relevant? Maybe something productive would work better for you at your “mature” age? Or just something less geeky then being a full grown man who feels the need to hate on people they obviously know nothing about? Or is that called bullying in your generation? You Internet bully you

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    SMH, looks like nbk is making more “friends” on the internet. Not to be rude, but what a DOUCHE BAGGER. lol

  • zach

    Not over 30 but damn sure not as young as you. You’re just an annoying little dweeb and I thoroughly enjoy letting you know kiddo. Don’t get me wrong, I think the rest of them around here are dorks too, but you take the cake. Only Jukai and Egirl can match you when it comes to being annoying. In terms of being a geek tho, you’re numero uno son.

  • zach

    “Orange”, please don’t get me started on you.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Is calling me a basketball geek supposed to be offensive? It’s cool with me it is true anyway that I am a “geek” about the All things basketball. You on the other hand nobody knows who you are and from what you’ve offered today You clearly aren’t here that often or you’d be less ignorant. Blueforever your not worth addressing other then too let you know that your name implies ignorance, or a suns fan but you know that already.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    nbk, you take yourself way too serious commenting on SLAM, kooky but true.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I always take myself seriously. Even when I’m joking, I’m seriously joking. What’s the point of being half-serious? Being half-assed? Competing without really trying to win? It’s all the same too me.

  • zach

    Yea but at least Orange is funny. You need to lighten up geek.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Armrest orange is funny and I’m a geek. Your of no use too anyone

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