If There’s An NBA Season, The Mavericks Will Play The Heat On Christmas
July 17 / Ben Axelrod / SportsGrid
While the NFL lockout is allegedly very close to coming to an end, the NBA lockout is very much still in effect, and there appears to be little-to-no optimism that a deal will get done anywhere in the near future.
Despite all of this, the NBA has reportedly decided to move ahead with releasing its schedule for the upcoming season, which will contain games that there's a good chance will never happen.
In past years, the NBA has used Christmas Day to showcase its most anticipated match-ups and this year appears to be no exception as The Miami Herald is reporting that of those potentially hypothetical games that will be announced soon is a December 25th showdown between 2011 NBA Finals opponents in the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat.
The scheduling of Mavericks-Heat in the NBA's premiere time slot also appears to be a coronation of sorts for LeBron James.
While in past years Christmas Day has featured Kobe Bryant-related rivalries (Kobe vs. Shaq, Lakers vs. Celtics, and most recently Kobe vs. LeBron), this would mark the first time that LeBron headlined one of the NBA's biggest regular season stages without Bryant on the same court.
Fear not though, Lakers fans, as Bryant and Co. will undoubtedly fit somewhere into the NBA's Christmas Day slate, as will the league's other most marketable franchises and stars in the Celtics, Bulls, Knicks and Thunder.
This of course all hinges on there being an NBA season by Christmas in the first place.