It has become a bit of a tradition in my house to watch at least one of the 5 basketball games usually scheduled on Christmas Day. It all started in 2011 (two whole years ago!), just one year after my NBA fan-dom began. The players and owners couldn’t agree to a collective bargaining agreement and it delayed the start of the 11-12 season until Christmas day. It was a long time to wait for the gift of dunking and I was excited to watch my team, the Boston Celtics, take on the hated New York Knicks. I was also excited to see Chris Paul on the Clippers to marvel at his alley-oops to the young front line. The was Kobe vs. Derrick Rose (the previous season’s MVP) and a Finals rematch between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks. It was almost too good to be true. But it wasn’t. We watched an inordinate amount of basketball that day and it really pushed me over the edge into becoming a true NBA fan. Thanks, Santa, for all that basketball and gifts and things.