23 Dec 2010

Lakers' Jackson still opposes Xmas game

12:06 pm on 23 December 2010

The Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson says humbug to American basketball's Christmas schedule.

The 11-time NBA champion coach restated his longtime opposition to Christmas games when his Los Angeles Lakers faced the Milwaukee Bucks in their final tuneup before Sunday's visit from the Miami Heat.

The Lakers have played on every Christmas since 1999, including three straight games against the Heat during Shaquille O'Neal's tenure after his trade from Los Angeles

Jackson is the son of two Christian ministers and doesn't think anybody should play on Christmas Day when most other sports take a break.