This will be a very damn good X-Mas this year.

Sports Media Watch: The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that the Cavaliers are expected to play the Lakers on Christmas Day. The matchup, which would almost certainly air on ABC, would pit Bryant and the defending champion Lakers against James — last year’s MVP — and Bryant’s former teammate Shaquille O’Neal.

In addition to that Christmas Day tilt, the Cavaliers are also expected to play the Celtics on Opening Night.

The 2009-10 NBA schedule is “still a week or two away from … being announced,” an ESPN spokesman told SMW earlier this week. The schedule is usually released in early August.

  • Eidraq

    go figures! haha…

    this will be a great game

  • Purple and Gold

    Go lakers beat da Cav’s

  • kb24bestever

    it cant get better than that we better win

  • lakerfan

    whoopy de doop, i can care less with the shaq vs kobe. Another way, of trying to have the media bash kobe, and havin abc and bspn hype lebron and snacks

  • BT_Rose

    no surprise there. LAKERS are x-mas game standards for the NBA.

  • as1084

    ehhh…i would rather see Lakers vs Boston!

  • jeremy

    LOL….NOBODY WANTS O SEE A RE-MATCH OF THE FINALS….CUZ ORLANDO SUX!!!!!!!!!!!

  • BT_Rose

    its all about story lines. it either has to be kobe vs shaq, kobe vs lebron, kobe vs shaq and lebron, lakers vs celtics…..and since celtics didnt go all the way last season, and orlando in the finals wasnt all that exciting, the kobe vs shaq and lebron story line seems more interesting. NBA will always milk this till one of them retires.

    oh well, i always love seeing the lakers on xmas =)

  • B-REAL

    WHAT THAY ARE GONNA START MILKING IS SHAQS MAN-BOOBS IF HIS LARD-BUTT DOESNT RETIRE SOON

  • JFK-analysis-at-TLN

    Kovbe vs LBJ and Shaq?????

    like kobe i have bought into the TEAM concept…..it’s LOSERS vs LA on Dec 2th….

    Pau
    Ron Ron
    Drew
    KOBE KOBE KOBE
    LO?????

  • k20

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    me 2

  • LaAllDay

    Damn that, it should be cavs vs. lakers! Lakers at home for christmas, why the cavs? Why are they rewarding that overrated team with a home game on xmas? Then they get a big game with boston on opening night??? Hand em over to us! NBA and lebron are official butt-buddies

  • lakers4life24

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    Above it says Lakers vs. Cavs so i think the game will be at staples

  • LaAllDay

    @lakers4life

    I always get confused with the “vs” on who’s hosting, this time I was thinking the 2nd team was the host.

  • ShowtimeEra

    Me personally, Id rather see the Lakers on Christmas day open a can of whoop a#%*& on the Celtics again like last year! But I also feel remorse for beating up on a helpless defensive team that comes to a fight in a wheelchair!

  • wilzuvsteel

    I hope our 2nd squad dominates the Cavs and makes this a laugher. Maybe Lebron might have to spark up a doobie to forget this game.

  • Milo

    no big surprize there!!!

  • EVan T

    rather see Boston and LA . shaq is wearing 33 in Cleveland not 32 as pictured

  • TOUCHING_MYSELF

    I LOVE IT! THIS IS BASICALLY THE NBA’S WAY OF SAYING MOVE OVER C0CKSTON, YOU’RE NO LONGER RELEVANT! ALTHOUGH I DO THINK THAT THE CAVS DON’T DESERVE TO BE ON THE SAME STAGE AS THE LAKERS, BUT I LOVE THE B!TCH SLAP THAT C0CKSTON JUST RECIEVED WITH THAT ANNOUNCEMENT!

  • T. Rogers

    I’m not big on the LeBron hype machine. I would much rather see the Lakers and Celtics on Christmas. Honestly, I would take the Lakers/Magic over the Lakers/Cavs. I am tired of the Kobe/Shaq storyline. The NBA needs to let it die. The Lakers and Kobe Bryant have effectively put Shaq in their rearview. Also, I am tired of the Kobe/LeBron debate.

    Lakers vs. Celtics means something. Lakers vs. Cavs means very little.

  • jeremy

    whoever is listed first on the bill is visiting….so Lakers will be in cleveland….doesnt matter….they will still lay the beat-down.

  • as1084

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    It always the second team listed that has homecourt. so….Lakers vs Cavs means the game will be in Cleveland…unless it is a typo and its Cavs vs Lakers.. ig uess well know when the schedule officially gets released.

  • John

    puppet commercial galore on xmas day! haha lakers will whoop cavs

  • Lakerfanl

    Who will host it? Who will be the home team?

  • danny

    I truly hope that the lakers play the celtics on ring night :D
    Nothing better than seeing the lakers rub our 15th championship in the faces of paul “the wheelchair” pierce( http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Paul-Pierce-weighs-in-on-the-NBA-Finals?urn=nba,171109) and garnett (http://dimemag.com/2009/06/kevin-garnett-guarantees-back-to-back-championships/)

    Also for the xmas game is can some1 please clarify who will host the game
    (team a VS team b) would the 1st team (team a) the one hosting the game?

  • ICE CREAM MAN

    I wonder what the puppets will say about this. When Kobe was playing in the Championships and Lebron puppet was watching, he was like…”Good luck”. That was funny.

  • Eidraq

    i hope LA hosts this game…after all we can make more revenue than dead cleveland

  • kobester

    isnt this like the 6th year in a row Kobe vs. Shaq on Xmas??

  • ronin99

    BT_Rose
    Jul 29th, 2009 at 1:19 pm
    no surprise there. LAKERS are x-mas game standards for the NBA.
    ….and…. as1084
    Jul 29th, 2009 at 1:20 pm
    ehhh…i would rather see Lakers vs Boston!
    I AGREE!!!

  • danny

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    No, last year the lakers played the celtics…

  • mastarockafella

    Let’s have the cavs on christmas. I want the celtics in the finals against us. We have a score to settle, retribution is yet to come.

  • Scottastrophik

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    It should be here. We have better weather on X-Mas. Who want’s to be snowed in in Cleveland???

  • Robert

    I hope we get an early Christmas present, and LO signs with the Lakers. Then we’ll whup the Cavs. If not, then it will be an exciting game, and the Lakers better win.

  • CUBBON21

    tune in 2 watch da best baller in the world “kobe”do his dang yes sir

  • Patrick Chewing

    we should be facing dirk nowitzki and the mavs!

  • celticpride

    we will smash ur FAKERS on MLK day… thats for sure… LAKERS SUCKS

  • Robert

    celdickpathetic – maybe if they let the celdicks play with their walkers, they have a chance against the Lakers. Or maybe they need a hoveround. If they join AARP, they can get a hoveround for free, maybe, or some nurse assistant to help them move around the court.

    Some geritol enhanced gatorade might help too. Maybe they should retire their numbers for the game. You can retire, and still play on a team, right? They might as well retire; they’re beyond the age for retirement anyway.

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  • Pau Gasol

    Hey Smelticpride! PISS OFF!!!!!! Remember this, Garnett went to Kobe and the Lakers FIRST before he was bribed and talked into going to the Loston Smeltics!