Metta World Peace: NBA is ruining my family’s Christmas

The NBA on Christmas is developing into a sports-holiday tradition similar to the NFL on Thanksgiving. The league showcases some of its top teams and best storylines on Dec. 25 each year, which leads to many of the usual suspects regularly on Christmas. While the Christmas Day tradition is great for fans, it kind of sucks for the players who are asked to play on the holiday each year.

The Los Angeles Lakers have played on Christmas Day 14 straight years, and they are hosting a game for the sixth straight year. This season, they play at 12:00 p.m. PT against the New York Knicks. The game is right in the middle of the day, so it pulls the Lakers players away from their families in the morning, and keeps them from returning home until the late afternoon.

Lakers forward Metta World Peace has been with the team since 2009, and he says the Christmas Day games are not sitting well with his family.

“My kids don’t like it. My youngest doesn’t like it at all,” World Peace told the LA Times. “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.”

Playing on holidays is just one of the sacrifices some teams have to make. In a way it’s an honor because that means your team is really good, and because you get to appear on such a large national stage. But for some of the older players for whom this has become routine, it must be a drag. You think David Stern gives them time-and-a-half to make up for the inconvenience?

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  • http://twitter.com/ChadMarg Chad Margulius

    The NBA has also helped him afford all the luxuries he has in life. To sacrifice one day of having to play when you dont want to for everything else seems like a fair trade off to me. Does Ron not understand the business side of things. Christmas games draw huge ratings and without those ratings he wouldnt get paid this much. If he doesnt like go work a regular 9-5 office job making 50 to 100 K he will get Christmas off alright.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tim.cahill.3363 Tim Cahill

    Is this guy for real, or what? The rigors of the spoiled, dopey  NBA millionaire.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wayne42 Wayne Griffin

    this is whats wrong with the world u have morons like this i will trade places with u anyday its just another day do it before or after not likeu cant have kids with u no school greedy bastard i never have liked this guy now i know why

  • BigMixxx

    Sometimes we forget how blessed we are.  Play Ball dude.  The Family may NOT like it, but I’m sure they appreciate the fact that you can provide that luxury for them.

    Now that your team is stacked, REALLY need to focus on coming out of the west…