The NBA cherishes the tradition: No basketball this year for Thanksgiving

The strongest basketball league in the world had a break while Americans across the country celebrated a big holiday

by Sededin Dedovic
The NBA cherishes the tradition: No basketball this year for Thanksgiving
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As the aroma of roasted turkey wafted through homes across the United States, the floors of NBA arenas remained silent, a testament to the enduring tradition of Thanksgiving Day. For the 13th consecutive year, the NBA took a step back from its frenetic schedule to allow players, coaches, and fans alike to embrace the spirit of gratitude and togetherness that defines this cherished holiday.

The origins of Thanksgiving can be traced back to the early days of English settlement in America, when a group of Pilgrims held a harvest feast to express their appreciation for the bounty of the land and the blessings of their newfound community.

Over time, this tradition evolved into a national holiday, celebrated with family gatherings, delicious food, and a spirit of reflection.

The NBA promotes true and real values

The NBA's decision to not play games on Thanksgiving Day is the league's recognition of the holiday's significance and its desire to provide its members with an opportunity to cherish this special occasion with their loved ones.

While there is no formal rule mandating a break on Thanksgiving, the practice has become an established tradition, allowing the NBA family to temporarily set aside the competitive intensity of the season and embrace the values that lie at the heart of the Thanksgiving spirit.

This year's Thanksgiving hiatus marks the second time in three weeks that NBA action has been paused. On November 7, the league took a break to coincide with the midterm elections held across the United States. Some fans will certainly be upset because they won't be able to watch their favorite teams play, but this is a short-term break and a very nice gesture from the NBA.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, let us express gratitude for the NBA, a league that not only provides us with moments of thrilling athleticism and competitive excitement but also demonstrates a commitment to values that extend far beyond the basketball court. These are really true values, and we hope that you also spent this great holiday in the most beautiful way.