The Christmas Day games in the NBA are one of the most heavily anticipated games of the season and looks like even our very own Santa Claus wants to get involved in it.
ESPN has released their new advert for the five matches on Christmas Day and it features an announcement from Santa saying that he is joining the league as a free agent.
“There are five NBA games on Christmas Day and I thought it just wouldn’t be right if the MVP of Christmas sat on the sidelines,” Santa says in the new commercial.
Santa even claims in ESPN’s advert that he can keep up with Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry unlike others and informs that he has been training with James Harden from the Houston Rockets.
Not only this, Santa was seen working out and improving his game during the advert ahead of his Christmas Day match.
LeBron James and his team Cleveland Cavaliers will take on the Warriors in a rematch of the NBA Finals in the highlight of the games on December 25. While the Golden State Warriors have had a great run this season and James is desperate for a win against the unbeaten Warriors.
Santa also read out a letter from James during his press conference as seen in the advert that reads: “All I want for Christmas is to beat the Warriors, sincerely Bron Bron.”
NBA stars James Harden, Kevin Love and Deandre Jordan, also star in the advert and seem to be giving mixed reactions regarding Santa’s decision to join the league.
“I don’t want my kids to see me dunking all over Santa,” says San Antonio Spurs’ new signing LaMarcus Aldridge in the advert.
About his preparation ahead of the match, Santa says, “All I want to do is perform at the highest level [and] that’s why every morning I start with North Pole Crunch.”
In the advert, Santa also informed us that it was the franchises instead who came to him and asked him to guide their teams.
The Christmas Day schedule of games kickstarts at midday Eastern Time (5pm GMT) and fans can enjoy around 13 hours of back-to-back basketball action.
The Miami Heat will fight against the New Orleans Pelicans in the first game of the day on ESPN before ABC’s double-header sees the Chicago Bulls fight the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Golden State Warriors.
ESPN will then broadcast two more games in the evening with San Antonio Spurs fighting Houston Rockets in a Texas battle before Kobe Bryant gets his last taste of Christmas Day action when the Los Angeles Lakers take on their city rivals the Clippers at the Staples Center.