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Christmas Day Sports Schedule: NBA Season Begins, Bears Vs. Packers

Nearly six months after we last had an NBA game, the hardwood will be in use once again on Christmas Day. David Stern and the players wanted basketball on Christmas Day and that's what they got in early December when they reached a new labor agreement. The Denver Nuggets don't begin play until Monday night, but here is the Christmas Day schedule:

Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks, 10:00 a.m. MT, TNT: Carmelo Anthony begins his first full season with Amar'e Stoudemire. Tyson Chandler makes his debut for the Knicks as well. The Celtics, meanwhile, don't have CP3.

Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks, 12:30 p.m. MT, ABC: 2011 NBA Final rematch! Will LeBron James and Dwyane Wade be able to do what they couldn't in June?

Chicago Bulls vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 3:00 p.m. MT, ABC: Derrick Rose just received an extension and will go up against an injured Kobe Bryant.

Orlando Magic vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 6:00 p.m. MT, ESPN: Dwight Howard is still in Orlando while the Thunder look to be front-runners for the NBA title this season.

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors, 8:30 p.m. MT, ESPN: Let the Chris Paul Era begin!

Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers, 6:20 p.m. MT, NBC: Can the Bears find some sort of Christmas present under the tree on Sunday night, namely a victory over the Packers?