Lakers Schedule Leaks: Nets Head to L.A. for NBA Christmas Game


LeBron James & Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Los Angeles Lakers will take on the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA’s marquee Christmas Day game, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The NBA is announcing the league’s schedule for the 2021-22 season on August 17th, but Wojnarowski teased some of the holiday matchups.

“Plenty of discuss on The Jump at 3 PM ET today with unveiling of Christmas Day games, including, sources say: Trae Young and Atlanta Hawks returning to play the New York Knicks at MSG,” Wojnarowski explained on Twitter. “Plus, battle of the East-West titans: The Brooklyn Nets vs. the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples.”

LeBron Will Play in His 15th Christmas Day Game

James playing on Christmas Day has become a holiday tradition with the 2021 matchup marking the 15th time the superstar has played on December 25th. The Nets-Lakers contest will mark the 14th straight time James has played on Christmas, per Sports Illustrated.

Prior to last season’s Christmas matchup against the Mavericks, James discussed his excitement for playing on the holiday. This year’s game should feel a bit different as fans are expected back in the arenas for the 2021-22 season.

“On Christmas, you know that you’re going to have that Christmas feeling,” James noted on December 2020, per Sports Illustrated. “There’s going to be a lot of celebrities at the game. There’s going to be a lot of excitement. People have opened their gifts, and everyone is excited. It’s the day of giving for a lot of us.

“And then being in Staples Center, I’ve had an opportunity to play here on Christmas as a Laker, and also as an opponent. It’s a beautiful feeling being here, but it’s not the same without the Laker faithful, without the fans and without celebrity row and without the bright lights. It’s a totally different feeling. It’s strictly basketball, which is fine. But our game is entertainment as well. And when you’re out there, you’re hoping to entertain some people live as well.”