The NBA released it's annual Christmas Day schedule, and the Knicks have once again are among the teams playing. The Bucks are slated to come to town as one of the five NBA matchups for the holiday.
But do the Knicks deserve to continually play on Christmas considering their rebuilding process?
For the past few seasons, the Knicks have not been up to par with the other NBA teams that play on Christmas Day. Just look at last season when the Sixers -- who were one of the best teams in the East -- handed them a 105-98 loss on their home court. The Celtics won 119-114 the season before as well.
This year's matchup, though, might be even worse. For one, Kristaps Porzingis isn't expected to be playing in the game, and he is the Knicks' franchise star. The only other appeal for a national audience would likely be Kevin Knox, given he is having a good rookie campaign.
But would this really be a good game considering the Bucks would be heavy favorites to win? And on top of that, Giannis Antetokounmpo -- the Bucks' star point guard -- was the player Porzingis landed on when he tore his ACL back in February.
So, this matchup doesn't really make for a Merry Christmas among Knicks fans.
This game also doesn't compare to the competitiveness expected from the others like Lakers-Warriors, Celtics-Sixers, and Rockets-Thunder. Even Jazz-Trail Blazers is bound to be a closer game than this one.
It is nice the NBA doesn't want to stray from tradition, but there are other matchups that would appeal to a wider audience than a rebuilding Knicks team. Maybe Pacers-Wizards?