Presents under the tree, huddling together for those big family photos, putting on those goofy clothes that only come out once a year, taking time to appreciate one’s good fortune.
It’s how most people spend Dec. 25, and athletes are no exception. From the players on the court to the athletes playing Santa at home, here’s a smattering of the best the sports world had to offer this Christmas.
And on the court, the players certainly were festive.
Brooklyn Nets power forward Mirza Teletovic’s snowman sneakers.
Lebron James does the green & red.
So does Dwight Howard . . . and then some.
The Clippers and Warriors certainly weren’t in the giving spirit, with multiple players (including Blake Griffin) getting tossed for getting a little too up close & personal. Was it bad egg nog before the game? Coal in their stockings? Ahhh … maybe they were just mad about these things:
The Warriors’ David Lee defends the Clippers’ Blake Griffin in their Christmas best — the NBA’s special sleeved uniforms. Don’t worry, Lee didn’t hit Griffin; but Griffin was ejected after a couple of seemingly minor tussles.
that's not a fight they're just trying to get these stupid jerseys off
Merry Christmas to everyone out there! Hope it’s a good one! Mine was especially good bc SHE SAID YES!!!! So thrilled I get to marry my best friend and such an amazing person @robynvanvliet! I love you!!!
These boys have been going non stop since 6am LA time! Love the fact I can provide for them and see them excited and happy on this special day. Merry Christmas to all out there from the James Gang #Bronny #Bryce #Vannah
And sometimes the presents aren’t FOR you . . . they ARE you.