Christmas Games Tough on The Teams

Published December 22, 2010

MIAMI – LeBron James agrees with Phil Jackson: Playing on Christmas Day is no present.

A day after the Lakers' coach reiterated his longtime stance against NBA games on Dec. 25, James and other members of the Heat said they also wish they could spend the day with their families.

The Lakers and Heat play in Los Angeles this Saturday, Christmas Day.

James says any player in the league "would rather be home with their families." He's been in the NBA eight seasons — and his teams have now been chosen to play on the marquee Christmas schedule five times.

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MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James agrees with Phil Jackson: Playing on Christmas Day is no present.

A day after the Lakers' coach reiterated his longtime stance against NBA games on Dec. 25, James and other members of the Heat said they also wish they could spend the day with their families.

The Lakers and Heat play in Los Angeles this Saturday, Christmas Day.

James says any player in the league "would rather be home with their families." He's been in the NBA eight seasons — and his teams have been chosen to play on the marquee Christmas schedule four times.

Written by TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer

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