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.