Knicks have played on Christmas a record 56 times; Hornets not once

If you love Christmas and you love the Knicks, then you get a special present just about every year.Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle slap hands

That’s because the Knicks have played on Christmas Day a record 56 times since their inception in 1946. That includes the very first NBA Christmas game, on Dec. 25., 1947, when they beat the Providence Steamrollers by an 89-75 count.

Speaking of the Steamrollers, they appeared in a Christmas Day game, but the Charlotte Hornets have not. The Hornets remain the only modern team to have never played on Christmas. That said, what have they ever really done to warrant an appearance?

Anyway, the Knicks not only are the NBA leaders in Christmas Day games, but they may lead any team in any sport anywhere in the category.

Fittingly, a former Knick holds the record for most points in Christmas Day game — and that would be none other than Bernard King, who erupted for 60 against the New Jersey Nets. King remains among the most underrated players ever and it remains an absolute basketball travesty that he was left off the NBA’s top 75 list in favor of the likes of Dennis Rodman and Damian Lillard.

So bah humbug to that. But Merry Christmas once again, Knicks fans. And sorry Hornets fans, but this year, you’re again getting coal.

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