See? Athletes do Christmas like you — they just do it bigger

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.

Let’s start with Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons, who on Monday shaved his head for a terminally ill 10-year-old fan, Patrick Hobbs-DeClaire. Parsons delivered with 21 points

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:

These new Christmas duds certainly caught the basketball world’s eye — and that world didn’t like what it saw.

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.

At least Kobe & LeBron showed the love.

And this guy sure loves J.R. Smith.

And LeBron’s kids love acting like their dad.


These boys going crazy on they nerf hoop! @cp3 @blakegriffin32. Bronny and Bryce gone hold down Lob City until y’all get back. Cool? It’s like the both of y’all but we gone keep it in our room. Haha

Christmas cards with pictures of relatives you barely know clogging your mailbox? Bet you would mind seeing one of these.

Athletes are big on family, too . . . and getting dressed up in stuff they probably wouldn’t ever wear out with buddies.

And then those big family photos.

But what beats kids . . . and pets?


Boys at whosville universes studios We had a blast there.


This guy is satisfied after a great Christmas dinner! #MansBestFriend

OK, maybe better halves . . . and more pets.


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!!!

But ultimately, Christmas is all about the presents.


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.

Don’t you wish Floyd Mayweather was your Santa?

Or Dwyane Wade was?

Gabrielle Union was at Staples Center to watch fiance Dwyane Wade and his Miami Heat face the Lakers — and to show off her rock.