Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra played Santa Claus to his players, but the gift-giving wasn't too extravagant.
Spoelstra gave his players two Christmas presents: a word-a-day calendar to improve their vocabularies and The Energy Bus, a motivational book by Jon Gordon.
Heat's weather factor
Dwyane Wade, who can become a free agent in July, has reminded everyone of an advantage Miami will have in keeping him. Asked whether he could see himself in New York, Wade said: "I'm here now. It's cold." The visiting Heat beat the Knicks, 93-87, yesterday.
Wade could be back at Madison Square Garden next summer if he opts to return to the U.S. national team. The Americans are finalizing a deal with MSG officials to play an exhibition game in New York before the world championships.
New York Knicks center Eddy Curry is frustrated after getting himself back into playing shape, then quickly falling out of the rotation.
"Just because I worked so hard to get back and to be ready to go - and now it's just like, every game, just try to figure out if I'm going to play or not," he said. "Sitting over there waiting to see what's going happen, it's tough to deal with."
Home on the road
Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers lives in the Orlando, Fla., area and was able to spend Christmas morning with his family.
He even joked that he had eaten breakfast twice before yesterday's game against the Magic - once at the arena, once at home.
Meanwhile, Celtics forward Glen Davis was activated for the first time since he injured his right thumb before the season.
- Associated Press