Twas the night before Christmas and in New York City
With the snow all around everything looked so pretty!
Most NBA Fans were tucked in their beds
With Knicks and Lakers playing hoops in their heads
Now New York Vinnie was up and awake
And was writing a story; when the house began to shake!
Out on the front lawn there was such a FRICKIN Clatter
New York Vinnie got up from my chair to see what was the matter!
There on the front lawn in the dead of the night
Was a short bald-headed man dressed in all Green And White
A Big Caddy Limo was parked in front of my place
And the bald-headed man was getting crimson faced
He screamed at the driver who sat in the car
Where the heck is my FRICKIN cigar?
The driver went over to the Nasty Old Fogey
And handed him over a 20 dollar stogie!
The bald-headed man lit the cigar with great care
And Soon there was smoke billowing into the air
Then the old man went back to his ride
And reached into his trunk to get something inside
New York Vinnie could not believe my eyes
When out of the trunk came a bag four times the man’s size!
He spit on his hands and then rubbed them together
Then he picked up the bag as if it were light as a feather
As he came to my door carrying his big sack
New York Vinnie exclaimed “You look like Red Auerbach!”
The man started to smile and said “Yes Vinnie its me
I come back once a year on Christmas you see!
All through this night I travel far across the land
Bringing Presents and Joy to NBA Fans!
And for You New York Vinnie I have answered your dream
For on tonight you have the Planet’s Best NBA Team!”
Then he climbed up the stairs and went through the front door
And he threw his big bag on New York Vinnie’s Living Room floor
Then he looked and he smiled and he said with a wink
“Hey New York Vinnie you got something to drink?”
So I poured him a cold one which he drank in a flash
Then he exclaimed “Lets get on with this bash!”
Then he opened the bag and shouted inside
“Hey Come On Fellas; Let’s look alive
Come Russell and Cousy; West and Kareem
Come out Dr. J. Moses Wilt and Hakeem
Here’s Larry and Magic and MJ and Pippen
And if you look over there you see Walton and Nixon
Yo, Willis and Clyde; DeBusschere and you Bernard King
Come on outside and bring Jackson and Ewing
Then he brought New York Vinnie Out back with a snort
And said Hey Vinnie You like your NBA court?
I stood there with wonder my mouth dropped in surprise
For I could not believe what I saw with my eyes
In New York Vinnie’s back yard
For all plainly to see was an NBA court
Just like the one at MSG
The players took to the hardwood and to my delight
Put on an exhibition and played all through the night
While everyone else were asleep in their beds
They played for an audience of two
New York Vinnie and Red!
The hours whizzed by it seemed in a flash
Then Red turned to Vinnie
And said We got to dash
We hope that you had a really great night
And this memory will make Your Christmas Day bright
Soon the players were gone and so was the court
Then Red said Vinnie my time here is short
But we will come back next Christmas
Because we appreciate Your support
Without fans like you Vinnie
There would be no NBA
And all these memories would soon fade away
It’s for you NBA fans that we play like we do
And we appreciate that you watch us the whole season through
The He shook Vinnie’s hand and said Be a good Laddie
And soon he and his driver drove off in the Caddy!
And he opened the window and shouted
Have a Great Christmas Day
Sit in front of your TV watching the NBA!