I TOTALLY understand where Metta World Peace is coming from, BUT as a huge fan of NBA games on Christmas —- I thank you MWP and other NBA players that have to play.  It makes my Christmas…just like having football on Thanksgiving.  It’s something I look forward to. I mean, c’mon what else am I going to do after the presents are opened and the food is eaten?!

Check out what MWP, Kobe Bryant & Steve Nash had to say about Christmas games after the jump…

GameTimeGirl - #GoNYGoNYGo!

According to Ben Bolch at the LA Times:

Tomorrow will be the Lakers’ 14th consecutive season (and sixth in a row at home) playing on Dec. 25th.

Some players hate the lost time with family more than week-old fruitcake.

“My kids don’t like it. My youngest doesn’t like it at all,” Lakers forward Metta World Peace said. “I’m to a point now I forget it’s Christmas, to tell you the truth. I buy the presents and I’m never home, so I totally forget about Christmas.”

Bryant, who will be playing in a record 15th Christmas game, said he neither enjoys nor dreads the tradition.

“It’s just something that I’ve come to expect,” he said. “My entire family is used to us playing on Christmas Day. I mean, we’ve been doing it for years, since my kids were born. It’s kind of part of what we do.”

“I make the most of it,” Lakers point guard Steve Nash said. “Of course it throws a wrench in everything, but it’s still a great opportunity to play the game we love.”